Most car manufacturers go to great lengths to hide their working prototypes for as long as possible, until they are ready for formal presentation to industry professional and future customers. Generally, the majority of research and design is safe from prying eyes, hidden in specialized units which are usually in facilities belonging to the manufacturer. Later on, once the prototype is better developed, testing phases can begin outdoors, though preferably away from the curious and their camera lenses. Sometimes, journalists are well informed and are able to sneak in a few exclusive photos of a prototype that is under development. However, in their efforts to counter this problem, manufacturers usually disguise their vehicles so that little of their work can be distinguished. For example, some prototypes are hidden under a dark covering that conceals the lines and shape of the vehicle being finalized.
IN the case of the #2015 Chrysler 200, some photographers got the opportunity to take a few shots of the fully completed mid-size sedan being readied for release by Chrysler. These photos were snapped during a private marketing meeting, and the 2015 version of the 200 was not concealed as is normally is. It will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but some paparazzi beat Chrysler to the punch and posted early photos.
Some sources already have detailed information about the new Chrysler 200, but they are not yet officially allowed to distribute it. However, we know from the photos taken during the private test, which took place at night, Chrysler has succumbed to the new trend of LED lighting, a "stop/start" system has been integrated, active grille shutters are available, an electronic parking brake, similar to the one on the 2014 Ford Fusion for example will be offered and a range of power and clean technology features that give the 2015 Chrysler 200 maximum fuel economy will be available either standard or optional, depending on the model. Clearly, a lot of in-depth work has been done on this model, having very little in common with the previous generation.
It also seems that the 2015 Chrysler 200 uses the same new platform that was recently introduced on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the Dodge Dart. This FWD sedan will come with a nine-speed transmission, found only on the Cherokee so far. One can equip the 2015 Chrysler 200 with a 3.6-litre V6 or a four-cylinder 2.4-litre Tigershark.
Last October, Chrysler's CEO, Sergio Marchionne said that production of the new Chrysler 200 will not begin until the second quarter of 2014. The manufacturer has big plans for this new version, and is hoping to boost sales of the sedan, sales that stagnated last year. The current model costs about $22,000 in the United States, and it seems that the 2015 model will be priced similarly, in order to cope with increasing competition in the midsize sedan market.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca