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2015 Chrysler 200 to look like an American Mercedes - report

 2015 Chrysler 200 to look like an American Mercedes - report
2011 Chrysler 200

Designed was impacted by the Ford Fusion

Chrysler President Saad Chehab has revealed some new details about the 2015 Chrysler 200.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Chehab acknowledged the car has been impacted by models such as the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Since these models are undeniably stylish Chehab said the "challenge was that if any of us walk into a room and look at the car, is my jaw going to drop?”

His sentiments were echoed by designer Ralph Gilles who described the car as a "clean sheet of paper" that the company is trying to get right because it competes in a critical segment.

Neither executive would go into specifics but the model was reportedly shown to dealers last October where it received a standing ovation. According to dealer David Kelleher, "The new 200 is a complete home run. It’s got that strength of a very, very expensive European sedan like a Mercedes, but it’s definitively American."

Little else is known about the car but it is expected to be based on the CUSW platform that underpins the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. Engine options could carryover over from the latter model, so expect choices to include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 bhp (137 kW) and 232 Nm (171 lb-ft) of torque as well as a 3.2-liter V6 with 267 bhp (199 kW) and 316 Nm (233 lb-ft) of torque.

Source: Bloomberg

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w0bble
@dude I read that they really put in some effort into the 2014 malibu, doesn’t look that bad either. The Euro Passat version feels way outdated. The US Passat is not bad etiher. However it hasn’t really got that much of a refined interior. They had to cut corners to be able to offer it at a competitive price. And that’s one thing that often gets left out when arguing about cars. Some US cars such as the Cherokee or a CTS are actually pretty good value for money with more equipment then the Euro competition. Back to Chevy in EU. They wanted to offer a lower sub brand for the European market and decided to rebadge Deawoos, which was a terrible idea. The US version of the Chevy captiva is also based off a deawoo though. Recently they started adding decent cars like the cruze or the camaro. Had a camaro as a rent a car loved it. The best thing about it was the feel of the steering. GM made a smart move by offering the Camaro decently priced in the Euro market. Ive seen a couple blast around here in germany. In reference to the cold war, maybe the war on terror is helping the states build better cars ;-) JK. No but seriously I think GM can do great and become a world best sellers like the Iphone. They just have to take what makes America great (as u mentioned above) and put that into the car. If GM can establish itself as a modern design orientated techy hi quality product like Apple make, it will do well globally. Was a pleasure having this discussion with u mr.dudenstein. Here is to many more.
Jun 5, 2013 4:05 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
Maybe GM has the top secret task to create decent engines to use on the Afghan battlegrounds :), and secretly the Germans are creating them :). Slowly but surely, if nothing goes wrong, GM will get recover. they are probably in a "if this doesn't work we're screwed" situation. I don't think the government will give them a second chance. Pleasure to have this discussion with you as well, Mr. Wobble. Keep rockin'!
Jun 5, 2013 1:08 pm
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Dude von Dudenstein
@WobBle: There are indeed some American cars that are obsolete. The 2010 Malibu that you've driven is a prime example. It lacks 2010 technology, and it doesn't even have fold down rear seats to enlarge trunk space. That car could easily pass as a 1999 vehicle. I don't know about the 2013 Malibu, but it seems fairly nice and competitive with the Fusion and Passat. I definitely believe that the German GM division, which made the Insignia/Buick Regal and the Chevy Cruze (which is a great car and a huge hit)can solve many of the problems Chevrolet has. Look at the way Cadillac is going now. If Cadillac can be great, so can Chevy (which is actually gradually getting better now). But actually, there's Opel and Vauxhall in Europe, so what's the point of Chevrolet over there? I honestly have no idea why the Koreans can establish a good reputation so quickly in comparison. Maybe these cars are associated with a certain sense of "laziness" instead of sportiness, which European and Asian cars seem to possess. I indeed find it weird that the US can make a supersonic Stealth fighter in 1965, yet we fail to make efficient engines in 2013.Also, it's weird that on other fields (medical, research) the US keeps excelling and excelling (not always, but often, for example, Intel chips, Texas Instruments, NASA, largest cancer research center, etc.). So how is it remotely possible, that it's so difficult to make an efficient engine? Such a huge mystery to me... I guess when things are on the verge of going wrong, (SR71 plane was during the Cold War heyday, Cadillac re-established itself after a near death experience), people often accomplish difficult things...
Jun 4, 2013 11:58 am
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w0bble
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Jun 5, 2013 4:05 am
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w0bble
excellent Statement mr.dude! Dont forget that alot of GM models are based on the euro developed opel insignia platform. i have driven new american cars that are pretty good (2012 camaro,2012 Jeep Grand cherokee,2013 Ford Taurus) and others that are not so much (2012 Jeep Patriot, 2012 Mustang (down right dangerous when cornering and a 2010 chevy malibu). I think some US cars are on par with the japanese but are still along way away from some german cars. korean cars managed to turn around their imagine in europe and in the US within a couple of years. so in theory if hyundai can pull that sh#t off, chevy or chrysler should be able to do that 2. You cant blame it all on the poor Image and inefficiency, some of it just goes back to the fact that some simply are not good modern cars. Some cadillac cars like the escalade have a good worldwide imagine even though they are inefficient. they sell deawoos under the chevy brand name in europe , which is a disgrace in my opinion. They also do sell efficient gm models such as the orlando,captiva or malibu etc and all of them dont sell well either. I think US cars have much improved over the years however they will never be as nicely engineered and manufactured as the german and british premium brands. Ford and GM just took Euro developed cars (Insignia and Fiesta for example) and decided to sell them in the US slightly adapted . So some are adapted and some are developed over the pond (Insignia and Fiesta). 3 guesses where that hi-output cts 2.0l engine was developed? The USA developed and engineered the F22. So in theory they should be able to build the most awesome cars with that know how.
Jun 4, 2013 11:40 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
Also, I'd like to add that European cars are usually also more refined due to the fact that the European infrastructure is so different from the US (country roads are winding, go up and down, higher speed limits, narrow city streets, etc.) It makes more sense in Europe to drive a refined car. Also, Europeans have always been more of a money saving (i.e. fuel saving) bunch, right?
Jun 4, 2013 3:01 pm
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w0bble
couldnt agree more cars dont Need to be that refined when ur going 65mph in a straigh line. I think europeans also tend to drive their cars longer and purchase them rather then lease them
Jun 5, 2013 6:02 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
WCF please, fix this problem! @w0bBle I know that, in terms of build quality and efficiency, many American carmakers can learn a thing or two from Germany, but especially Japan. Mechanically however, they will not break down very quickly. Cadillac has made a huge leap forward in recent years, also in the efficiency department. The new CTS gets 280 hp from a 2.0 liter 4cyl, and 420 hp from a 3.0 V6. Now, to address the fact that American cars don't sell well in Europe: I think it's largely due to an image issue. Inefficient engines can't work in Europe, since you can't get some gas for a normal and fair price in Europe :). American cars have always had an image of being inefficient gas guzzling luxury boats in many countries (probably due to the 1950s Cadillacs, Lincolns, Oldsmobiles, etc.). Also, since the oil crisis in the late 1970s, American cars have been decreasing in terms of build quality. It wasn't until recently that these faults have largely, but not completely, been erased. That said, it is quite understandable that in a place where American cars have had quite a poor reputation either for being gass-guzzling (1950s-mid 1970s) or unreliable (mid-1970s-today) for over 60 years, it is trivial to assume that it takes some doing to build up a good reputation. Now, Ford and GM (Opel and Vauxhall) do successful efforts to adapt their cars to the European market, although things are less rosy for Opel/VH. Now I'm not gonna assume that a luxury carmaker like Cadillac is gonna sell a lot in Europe because: a)Infiniti and Lexus haven't managed to; b) Cadillac will always be associated with fin-tails and chrome plates and rock 'n roll (which is good), but also with inefficiency (which isn't good). c)It'll take American carmakers a hell of a lot of time and effort to establish a good reputation.
Jun 4, 2013 9:35 am
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w0bble
excellent Statement mr.dude! Dont forget that alot of GM models are based on the euro developed opel insignia platform. i have driven new american cars that are pretty good (2012 camaro,2012 Jeep Grand cherokee,2013 Ford Taurus) and others that are not so much (2012 Jeep Patriot, 2012 Mustang (down right dangerous when cornering and a 2010 chevy malibu). I think some US cars are on par with the japanese but are still along way away from some german cars. korean cars managed to turn around their imagine in europe and in the US within a couple of years. so in theory if hyundai can pull that sh#t off, chevy or chrysler should be able to do that 2. You cant blame it all on the poor Image and inefficiency, some of it just goes back to the fact that some simply are not good modern cars. Some cadillac cars like the escalade have a good worldwide imagine even though they are inefficient. they sell deawoos under the chevy brand name in europe , which is a disgrace in my opinion. They also do sell efficient ch
Jun 4, 2013 10:25 am
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w0bble
@dude toyota and nissan sell very well in europe, for mysterious reasons american cars do not :-)
Jun 4, 2013 9:07 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
I know that, in terms of build quality and efficiency, many American carmakers can learn a thing or two from Germany, but especially Japan. Mechanically however, they will not break down very quickly. Cadillac has made a huge leap forward in recent years, also in the efficiency department. The new CTS gets 280 hp from a 2.0 liter 4cyl, and 420 hp from a 3.0 V6. Now, to address the fact that American cars don't sell well in Europe: I think it's largely due to an image issue. Inefficient engines can't work in Europe, since you can't get some gas for a normal and fair price in Europe :). American cars have always had an image of being inefficient gas guzzling luxury boats in many countries (probably due to the 1950s Cadillacs, Lincolns, Oldsmobiles, etc.). Also, since the oil crisis in the late 1970s, American cars have been decreasing in terms of build quality. It wasn't until recently that these faults have largely, but not completely, been erased. That said, it is quite understandable that in a place where Am
Jun 4, 2013 9:32 am
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w0bble
@DBaskov Cadillac inspires me to draw everything square and in straight lines
Jun 4, 2013 3:43 am
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w0bble
that statement is just not right.Next Hyundai Coupe to look like a real Korean Mustang
Jun 4, 2013 3:31 am
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PAA
Whatever, Chrysler used to have the best designs out there and now it is dead last so whoever is holding the pencil better get to serious work.
Jun 4, 2013 12:11 am
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ATS-V
Do your research bro....since when you seen a good looking Dodge,Plymouth, or Chrysler since the Viper or the 300C and Dodge Magnum
Jun 5, 2013 9:10 pm
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DBaskov
You know you have problems when budget sedans such as Fusion and Sonata look more stylish (better) than their own luxury car. Their inspiration should be Cadillac, Lexus, and the German automakers instead. At least those who are in charge of Chrysler are starting to realize that, I'm looking at you Acura.
Jun 3, 2013 7:18 pm
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w0bble
Cadillac inspires me to draw everything square and in straight lines
Jun 4, 2013 3:33 am
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DBaskov
Ok, to me Cadillac is still one of the best looking luxury cars out there.
Jun 4, 2013 4:10 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
I definitely agree with DBaskov. Cadillac has great designs, and I would by their upcoming flagship and CTS in a heartbeat over anything German. In Europe they are not popular indeed, but neither is Lexus or Infiniti. To me, a CTS or ATS are nicer than a 5-series or 3-series, and an XTS is way better looking than a Lincoln MKS. Now Let's wait for that Ciel design based flagship.
Jun 4, 2013 4:43 am
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w0bble
i disagree. so does a lot of the rest of the world (look at international cadillac sales figures outside of North America)
Jun 4, 2013 4:17 am
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w0bble
@dude i do like some of the cadillacs too, i think the cts-v coupe looks pretty mean and has a very clear design language.there is nothing like an escalade either. pulling up in an escalade will get u looks no matter what country u are in. i do not like the new 3series either. i have been waiting for a ciel since ten years now are they planning on building it anytime soon
Jun 4, 2013 5:47 am
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w0bble
@dude Toyota and Nissan sell pretty well in europe, however american cars dont for mysterious reasons :-)
Jun 4, 2013 9:03 am
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