2015 CHRYSLER 200 Still in the game Winnipeg Free Press Autos

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

Chrysler swings for the fences, but 200 not quite a home run

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — is home to Hillerich Bradsby, of the famed Louisville Slugger bats. Though it’s a there’s certain symmetry to also being the venue for the of the new second-generation 200 sedan, because is trying to hit one out of the park.

It was a swing and a for Sebring as a mid-sized sedan could go toe to toe with the well-established competition, not to mention the four-door sedans from the other two of the Detroit Big Three. And its refreshed and first-generation 200 successor — out in — was a single at best.

Fiat firmly in the driver’s and more money made for proper development — not to the use of the Alfa Romeo-based chassis also underpins the slightly Dart — Chrysler is for the fences. The 2015 200, the automaker, charts a new course as it to carve out a place among the family sedans.

The car brings with it a fresher, European-inspired look inside and out as as state-of-the-art features. These a nine-speed automatic transmission available sport mode and shifters, a choice of two engines and front-wheel drive, along an optional all-wheel-drive system.

The 200 is offered in four trim — LX, Limited, S and topline C. The engine across the lineup is 2.4-litre MultiAir Tigershark which also sees in the Dart.

The Tigershark produces 184 and 173 pound-feet of torque, competitive the base engines found the 200’s competition — Accord. Toyota Camry. Fusion. Hyundai Sonata. et al.

as important, at least for the purposes of the 200’s bona fides, is the delivers fuel economy of 19 per cent (Chrysler estimates fuel economy at 5.7 litres per 100 horsepower improvements of six per cent and improvements of 10 per cent compared the outgoing four-cylinder.

Performance is quite acceptable the engine. It’s quiet at a speed, getting growly when quick acceleration is for.

But it is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 with what Chrysler is a class-leading 295 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of — in combination with the (on the S and C models) AWD system that the 200 with a sporty quasi-Euro-sedan As well, the AWD system gives the a leg up on most of its Asian rivals save Subaru’s Legacy and puts it on a more equitable with the Fusion (21 per cent of sold in Canada are AWD).

The features a fully disconnecting axle that improves economy by operating in front-wheel when AWD isn’t needed. The power transfer unit disconnects and reconnects the rear as needed and at any speed.

Once behind the wheel of a 200S AWD, our drive started in downtown Louisville and in a short freeway portion heading off to the rolling, twisting of northern Kentucky’s horse It’s a stretch to say the 200 is an alternative to the A4. but the Chrysler car could definitely the country roads. The level of offered by the AWD system will prove its worth in our more climes.


The rest of the car’s and performance dynamics are skewed toward family sedan On the hillier sections, the transmission hunting for the right gear. And the engine responded to a firm foot with suitable it was a little slow to pick up the with lighter applications of

Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

In sport mode, the electro-mechanical transitioned from lighter ideal to firmer but artificially All in all, despite Chrysler’s the chassis is engineered to deliver European handling dynamics and precision with ride and characteristics tuned for North roads, my take is this: the 200 is sporty for a family sedan, as a sedan it needs some out.

Notably, the 200S is differentiated the rest of the model range gloss black trim and pieces rather than the bright trim. The area the side windows is gloss Integrated dual exhausts are and the available 19-inch Hyper aluminum wheels complete the

As for the cabin environment — interior designers have a comfy, upscale layout soft-touch materials, shiny bits and some interesting notably a novel rotary dial that replaces the console shift lever. frees up space for more storage in the centre console.

The seven-inch customizable in-cluster centre is easy to read and drivers to receive information and in the format they prefer, to an iPhone. The available screens real-time fuel economy, navigation, compass, outside speed, time and other information.

Also offered is the Uconnect touchscreen multimedia command Voice-activated navigation, hands-free commands and voice-to-text allow to keep their eyes on the and hands on the wheel.

Up front, is plenty of room for those on the side of six feet, with head and legroom. If the front is all the way back in its tracks, though, rear-seat occupants will their knees firmly in the They will also their heads brushing the pad, thanks to the car’s profile. Compounding the situation, the opening is not as large as found in competitive sedans, meaning contortions are needed to slide the back.

The new 200 is a marked improvement the previous model. More it is now a competitive product against its rivals, with looks, options, drivability, features and all working in its favour. Is it the home run hopes it to be? No. But the car now hits with and will cash in the runs to keep the automaker in the game.

The 2015 200 has a starting price of and tops out at $38,995 for a fully 200C V6 AWD. Cars be at the dealerships later this

— Postmedia Network 2014

Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

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