SHARP TURNS – Chrysler 200 puts up a bold front

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Chrysler 200 puts up a bold frontMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When I think of Detroit I think of two things, cars of course, and then there is the bad parts of the city that seem to take over the cars in people’s minds. Chrysler is trying to turn that around with its 2013 line of vehicles, and make a good face come from a bad city. The Chrysler 200 is “the new face of a new Detroit,” according to Chrysler.com.

When you stare the all-new 200 in the “eyes” you see integrated halogen projector headlamps and fog lamps. Along with LED accents to add to the beauty of the headlamps, they increase light spread performance and deliver impressive forward lighting. In between the two beautiful headlamps is Chrysler’s signature grille with the wings right on top. The lines and curves that take you to the back of the 200 create a precise, chiseled profile. When you finally arrive to the back, the taillights also consist of LED lights to grab anybody’s attention. The back end also has the signature wings on the top, and a slick silver strip across the trunk.

The 200 keeps the luxury going inside and out, according to Chrysler, “Enhancing its interior, the Chrysler 200 features black and chrome accents and luxurious soft-touch materials throughout the cabin including the armrests, instrument panel, door panels and more. The automatic shifter knob and steering wheel on the Chrysler 200 Touring models are leather-wrapped with chrome accents, remaining luxurious to the touch while still providing a sure grip. Audio, Bluetooth phone and cruise controls are conveniently located on all Chrysler 200 steering wheels, minimizing driver distraction by allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel while operating the audio system.”

You can’t have all that luxury and be uncomfortable while experiencing it, so Chrysler made all of the seats provide excellent support and comfort. Made with premium cloth, or Royale leather trim, you feel right at home whether you are in the driver seat or just along for the ride. The driver’s seat is adjustable in eight directions so you can always find the sweet spot. Also, the two front seats can experience the heat feature with high and low settings. The back seat can fit three comfortably with spacious legroom. It will also feel like you are in a silent room with the included features such as acoustic laminated glass and sound absorbers. Diffused LED lighting fills the interior of the 200 with a soft light blue glow. It illumines the gauges, cup holders and the whole center stack.

At the top of the center stack is an elegant analog clock, a classic in Chrysler models. Directly below that is a LED touch screen with Uconnect. I’ve talked about Uconnect in some of my previous reviews; I will briefly explain this very convenient feature: You can link up your Smartphone to be able talk, answer the phone, text and control your music all hands free. It also has excellent navigation to get you where you need to go with out you worrying. New to the 200 is Wi-Fi in the car, so you can put the power of high-speed Internet in Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Chrysler also wants to make the “Motor City” reclaim that name. They put a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, coupled six-speed transmission with AutoStick in the 200. This engine features a compact, lightweight design with a dual-tuned intake manifold, dual-overhead camshafts and high-flow intake and exhaust ports, along with Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control. It puts out 283 horsepower and gets 20-MPG city and 31-MPG highway.

The 200 is built with high-strength steel, with specially designed front and rear crumple zones that are designed to help absorb energy and redirect it away from passengers. The front, rear and side curtain airbags help to keep you safe no matter where the accident occurs. To accompany the airbags, the driver and front passenger head restraints are designed to be active in the event of a rear-end collision.

With all this luxury put into one car, the price shouldn’t even matter right? Well incase it does matter, the LX model starts at a little under $21,000, and special edition 2013.5 Chrysler 200 starts at a little under $29,000.

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