The first images of the all-new second-generation Chrysler 200 have surfaced online just days out from its official debut at next week’s Detroit auto show.
Leaked by US website Motorward, the images show a sleeker and more sporting design compared with the first-generation US-market Chrysler 200, with a narrower grille and headlights up front and a heavily raked windscreen.
The rear end is home to unique LED tail-lights, a flowing rear bumper and two chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.
Inside, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel joins a large tablet-style touchscreen and a Volvo-esque floating centre console that houses the rotary shifter for the 200’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Based on the same Fiat-Chrysler platform that underpins the Dodge Dart and 2014 Jeep Cherokee, the new Chrysler 200 is rumoured to offer two powertrains: a 137kW/234Nm 2.4-litre Tiger Shark four-cylinder and a 220kW/355Nm 3.6-litre Pentastar V6.
Expected to come in front-wheel-drive guise as standard, speculation suggests an all-wheel-drive variant will be available, featuring a rear axle able to be electronically disconnected when not required in an effort to save fuel – claims of 6.7 litres per 100km have been reported.
Early US speculation suggests a starting price of around $21,700, though full details and specifications will follow the four-door’s January 13 Detroit unveiling.
Fiat Chrysler Australia says it currently has no plans to bring the 200 to the local market, and at this stage it’s unclear if the new model will be produced in right-hand drive or remain left-drive-only like its predecessor.
The new second-generation Chrysler 200 comes just four years after the introduction of the original, which itself replaced the Sebring sedan.
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