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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Refreshing or Revolting: 2011 Chrysler 200

2011 Chrysler 200 front view

One of the most ridiculed sedans in the U.S. market has been refreshed: the 2010 Chrysler Sebring.

2010 Chrysler Sebring front view

Now called the 200, the 2011 Chrysler does as much as the automaker could possibly accomplish with just a refresh. The awkward proportions and short trunk lid remain, but some might argue the 200 is classier than the Sebring four-door it replaces.

The changes start in front, where nearly everything appears new. The headlights incorporate an LED light pipe usually reserved for more expensive vehicles. The grille isn't significantly different than before, though the foglight surrounds have a chrome strip and look cleaner. The hood, rearview mirrors, and 18-inch wheels are all new.

As long as you glance at the 200 from a straight-on front or rear view, the changes transform the Sebring. Jaguar XF-like LED taillights are joined by a chrome trim piece. Dual exhaust outlets are offered while a black bumper trim adds contrast to this 200's silver paint.

The quality of interior materials has been improved with the transition to the 200 nameplate. The layout of the center stack remains the same, but with new trim pieces and air vents. On the new steering wheel and throughout the interior, it appears the tortoise shell accents are gone.

What do you think about the 2011 Chrysler 200? Could Chrysler have done better with this refresh?

Last week, the 2011 Toyota Corolla was Refreshing/Revolting's featured car.

Photo order from top to bottom: 2011 Chrysler 200 front view, 2010 Chrysler Sebring front view, 2011 Chrysler 200 rear view, 2010 Chrysler Sebring rear view, 2011 Chrysler 200 interior, 2010 Chrysler Sebring interior.

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