There have been very few vehicles to come from Dodge/Chrysler that have perked my interest and usually I would believe this new 200 to be just an improved looks with sloppy guts situation but once we dive into the powertrain we learn that there is much more than meets the eye. Since Chrysler’s lazily hostile Italian takeover by Fiat we were wondering how the spaghetti slingers would approach the minutia that has been pooped out of Chrysler’s factories. The Dodge Dart was a breath of fresh air and so it seems that this has the potential as well. The new 2015 Chrysler 200 shares the same bone structure as the Dart and others and some engines as well but there is a massing of several different features that makes this car… dare I say it desirable.
Today’s automotive competitiveness is extreme and it seems more auto manufacturers are joining the ranks ever so frequently. So in order to be competitive you have to build a vehicle that actually entices individuals instead of being the least of two evils and Chrysler knows it. With the influx of competition and an aging stigma of sub-par reliability and resale value on the part of the mega rent-a-car fleet type vehicles Chrysler has produced in the past few decades means that Fiat has to do something in order to bring this whole “Imported from Detroit” thing to a “Hey we still exist” and “Please Buy This Cause It’s Not Total Shit” type mantra.
Engine options come from the 2.4L Tigershark Multi-Air II “Sharknado” delivering 184hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. With the higher end 200’s you can opt for the 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar “Penistar” V6 engine which delivers 262 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel consumption comes in at 35mpg for the 4 banger and 31mpg for the V6. These engines are connected to a 9-speed automatic with piddle paddle shifters. The car’s option list is pretty extensive as you can get adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, you just bought a Chrysler warning and much more. As for the interior we see the Italian flare coming in full swing and it is a breath of greasy garlic bread air. Trimmed out like a high-end Dart with more details drawn to more mature buyers, we see a very well put together interior that although you can tell some parts are typical plastic cheesiness it is inevitable in a car that is trying to be price competitive.
Overall it looks like Chrysler might just grab more buyers with this vehicle and with it maybe we will see people not slouching down in their rental car seats when they drive out of the airport parking lot. I hope Chrysler/Dodge gives up more vehicles along these line as well as keeps delivering SRT4, SRT6, and SRT8s.