2015 Chrysler 200 Caught Completely Undisguised

After months of chasing homely mules or heavily-disguised prototypes, we now have photos that show the new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan completely undisguised during a recent commercial shoot.

Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s vice president of design, had previously promised the new 2015 Chrysler 200 would “look unlike any Chrysler we’ve ever seen.” He wasn’t kidding, even if the new 200 doesn’t seem very radical in these photographs. Thin, tapered headlamps – accented with L-shaped LED elements along their lower edges – seamlessly carry into a very thin grille opening, which is adorned with Chrysler’s winged emblem. That grille pales in size compared to the lower air intake, which is rimmed with a chrome surround on this particular model, and flanked by long, rounded fog lamp assemblies on both sides.

The 2015 Chrysler 200’s windshield is more steeply raked than the car it replaces, but the biggest change is the roofline, which now flows gently into a stubby decklid. The side window daylight opening ends by kicking up into the C-pillars, a cue shared with no other current Chrysler model. The roofline may be reminiscent of cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the 2014 Lincoln MKZ, but it’s certainly far more elegant than the stubby two-box form employed by the current 2014 Chrysler 200. A scalloped light kicker placed above the 2015 Chrysler 200’s rockers, coupled with what appears to be a substantial shoulder along the front and rear fenders, helps add some depth and distinction to the car’s side view.

Our spy photographer also managed to peek inside a different 2015 Chrysler 200 prototype in the light of day and photograph its interior. The flowing gauge cluster and door panels seem to be in keeping with recent Chrysler design trends, but the center stack, which breaks its controls into two different arrays, is different. Chrysler’s Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system – either the basic 5-inch unit shown here or the larger 8.4-inch screen -- dominates the upper section, while redundant physical controls for climate and audio systems are placed into an angled lower bank, which also incorporates a rotary shift knob and an electronic parking brake release.

Beneath the surface, the 2015 Chrysler 200, which is known within as the UF project, rides upon a modified version of the Fiat-derived Compact US-Wide (CUSW) platform, which also underpins both the 2013 Dodge Dart sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Details on the new 200 are scarce at this point in time, but the vehicle is expected to be offered with Chrysler’s TigerShark 2.4-liter four-cylinder, along with 3.2-liter and 3.6-liter variants of the Pentastar V-6. A variant from Chrysler’s forthcoming Hurricane engine family, which is expected to displace somewhere close to 2.0- to 2.2 liters, may be added to the range at a later date. The aforementioned rotary gearshift knob is a pretty good indicator that the 2015 Chrysler 200 will be offered with the new nine-speed automatic transmission, which was developed in partnership with ZF and made its production debut in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Although these shots only show the new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan, a new 200 convertible was once slated for development. If that model is still on track, expect it to debut shortly after production of the 2015 200 sedan commences at Chrysler’s facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A Lancia-badged version for Europe is a safe bet, although it remains to be seen if the European-market variant gains any unique and substantial styling cues.

We won’t be waiting long for further details on Chrysler’s new midsize sedan, as the 2015 Chrysler 200 is expected to make its formal debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

Jay Antonio
This car will most likely benchmark all other midsized sedans & should be quite a hit with the public. No other company can offer a better engine ( the pentastar V6 has been on wards 10 best engines for the last 4 years) or a better transmission (9 speeds unheard of in a midsized car) than Chrysler. anyone who simply judges this new 200 by the looks is simply uneducated & / or ignorant. Take a FREE test drive, then make a decision. I've owned cars from many different manufacturers & the truth is, the Chrysler products hold up better than the rest, as long as they're maintained. I've owned 3 Chrysler products & each has had near or over 200,000 trouble free miles with no major problems. The least anyone in the market can do is take a test drive, you may be surprised at just how world class Chrysler vehicles have become. 
NE Guy
Well done!
tt618
I think I would consider one of these.  I'm going to be in the market for a sedan in the near future, and this looks to have some promise.   This would have been a jaw-dropping design about 5 years ago, but now unfortunately seems to be composed of the current automotive design cliché's.  Coupe-like roof: check.  Upticked rear window: check.  Huge aggressive lower grill: check.  Flattened Audi-like tail-lights: check.  Jaguar-like shift knob: check.    Homogenized design is easy.  Chrysler has proven it can break some design molds and set trends in the past, which makes this a bit of a disappointment.  Otherwise a very nice car.
eric in oregon
Reminds me of a 1996-8 Chrysler Cirrus. Ho Hum
Jay.C
There are many cars I crave owning and none of them are Chrysler products including the Viper. This one is no exception.

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