Chrysler recently held its annual dealer preview in Las Vegas, Nevada, and almost immediately after, details about the Pentastar's upcoming models began leaking out. Most notably, we now know more about the next-generation Chrysler 200, due in 2014.
We already knew that the 2014 Chrysler 200 would utilize an all-new nine-speed automatic that's currently being developed by transmission-maker ZF, as did we know that the next 200 would offer both I-4 and V-6 powerplants. However, The Wall Street Journal has been able to help expand upon that further – that four-banger will displace 2.4 liters and the six-cylinder will be even larger. Our guess? The 2.4-liter is going to be the same Tigershark engine found in the 2013 Dodge Dart that uitilizes Fiat's MultiAir technology; in the Dart, the 2.4-liter Tigershark is rated at 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The next 200 is slated to share the same CUSW platform that underpins the Dodge, too. There is little doubt that the aforementioned V-6 will be Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which makes 283 hp and 260 lb-ft in the current 200 (pictured here). The WSJ is also reporting that the 2014 200's I-4 paired to the nine-speed will be able to achieve 38 mpg on the highway. The Dart scores 36 mpg highway with a 2.0-liter I-4 and six-speed manual.
What the WSJ did not elaborate on is what bodystyles will be offered. However, we already know that when the next 200 goes on sale in the beginning of 2014, it will continue selling the familiar sedan and convertible styles, and will also add a new two-door coupe variant to do battle with the Honda Accord coupe. The next-generation Chrysler 200 will be the Pentastar's only midsize sedan offering – the Dodge Avenger is being killed off after the current generation.
Chrysler is hoping that amenities such as premium ambient lighting and quilted leather will woo buyers away from midsize heavyweights like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion. According to the WSJ, Chrysler is hoping to double sales of the 200 with the new model; the 200 sold just 87,033 copies last year.
The WSJ also had a little more intel on the upcoming Chrysler 100. The small hatchback will share much of its mechanicals with the Dodge Dart, offering I-4 engines and front-wheel drive only. We've spotted the 100 out testing, and previously reported that it's expected to go on sale in the 2016 calendar year.
Source: The Wall Street Journal