The new Chrysler 200 looks like a sedan version of the 2011 Town & Country minivan, with many of the same visual cues in the grille, headlamps, air intakes and front bumper.
Chrysler 200 is much sleeker and more rounded at the nose, but carries about the same aerodynamic drag coefficient as the outgoing Sebring, even though the front end has been lowered 12 millimeters and the rear end six millimeters.
At the rear, there's a cross-car chrome bar between the new LED taillamps and another chrome bar down between the exhaust outlets that serve to widen the look of the car. All Chrysler models will have a new wing logo in brushed metal and blue paint to replace the old traditional wing logo and signify the birth of yet another version of Chrysler.
The roof and doors of the Chrysler 200 came from the Sebring, but the entire nose, decklid, rear fascia, interior and chassis have been replaced with better and more modern stuff, the new car has very large, fully integrated halogen headlamp units that flow around the front corner into the fender, creating a line that goes up over the heavily bulging front fender like other Chryslers and then all the way to the rear of the car through the centerline of the body.
Interestingly, there is no decklid badging on any of the 200s to indicate which model is which. Alloy wheels distinguish the Touring model from the base LX, which comes with steel wheels and wheel covers. The Touring is distinguished by different wheels by its slightly larger alloy wheels, fog lights, and chrome trim, though options on the Touring can obfuscate these observations.
The Chrysler 200 instrument panel, seat trim, door panels and door pockets have all been redesigned for more comfort and utility. The instrument panel, center stack, switches and controls have all been redone for the 2011 models.
Although the seat coverings have been redesigned for a more luxurious feel and appearance, the interior cube is the same as the outgoing Sebring, just over 100 cubic feet.
As for storage, the rated cargo capacity of the Chrysler 200 is 13.6 cubic feet.
The instrument panel contains the usual three-round-gauge package, and is much more pleasing to the eye after the 2011 redesign, with gray-on-gray graphics and white accent lighting that is brilliantly legible at night when the display remains gray on gray. The center portion of the instrument panel has also been modernized and treated to just enough chrome accents, as has the console and shifter portion lower down than before. On some models, it is possible to have two USB ports, which can be quite handy for phone and laptop charging. The cheap rental-car interior has been banished forever.
The three-spoke steering wheel has a nice, thick leather-wrapped rim and a thickly padded three-sided hub flanked by redundant switches for the sound system on the left and the cruise control system on the right.
All the materials in the seats, door trim panels, headliner and instrument panel are softer, more luxurious and more pleasing to the eye, and the seats feel much more supportive and long-drive comfortable than before.