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Posted: 25 Jul 2014 05:44 AM PDT
Chrysler has set a new tone for the all-new 200 where it embellishes on a completely new design with a contrast that is almost night and day when compared to the outgoing model. All-new for 2015, the Chrysler 200 is a much more appealing vehicle and places its mid-size sedan principles at the forefront breaking away from the ordinary sedan formula.
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 base powerplant gets a reworking starting with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine touting additional power now at 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. The new Chrysler 200 has 4 trim levels (LX, Limited, S, C) whereas the base LX and Limited only get the 2.4-liter engine while the 200S and 200C can be optioned with the increased-power 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine getting 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of toque, as found in my all-wheel-drive configured Chrysler 200S test vehicle. Both powertrains are now mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission with an electronic rotary-style shifter – part of a nice luxury touch in the new 200. With the advanced adaptive abilities of the new 9-speed unit, shifts take place quickly and decisively at most speeds. Cruising on the highway around 70 mph or more with a light touch of the gas pedal is the only time 9th gear is used, more as a cruising overdrive to conserve fuel. Use of the 8 gears is a common situation for the transmission to select. The transmission shifts smoothly with some seldom-abrupt behavior when performing slow-rolling starts or during full throttle situations. Basically, the transmission will want to start off in 2nd gear during those times you barely come to a complete stop with a small blip of the gearing and snap into gear under heavy load. Performing full-throttle adaptations when cruising in either 8th or 9th gear will require a full second or two before it hits the proper gear for a down-shift. This was not so much of an annoyance as in any other circumstance the downshifts were performed quickly landing directly into the proper lower gear. In the event that you must overtake a vehicle at highway speeds, the transmission landing into its proper gear at mid-throttle provides more than enough grunt to get the job done considering the ample power from the V6 engine.
The economical side of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 shines well when equipped with the 2.4-liter engine getting up to 36 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg city. Jumping up to my 2015 200S AWD V6 trim you can expect to get an EPA estimated 18 mpg city and 29 mpg city. I consistently saw a combined average of about 25 mpg and about 28 mpg on the highway leaving my city adventures getting about 19 mpg. Having the all-wheel-drive system and V6 engine the new Chrysler 200S it was expected to burn a little extra fuel.
Opting for the V6 engine is the obvious ideal choice for enthusiasts, especially considering the performance out of my Chrysler 200S AWD is among the best for its mid-sized sedan segment reaching 60 mph from a dead stop in 6.1 seconds. Not to mention, the nicely styled 19×8-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels wrapped in 235/40/R19 all-season tires, all-wheel-drive system, and re-tuned AWD Sport suspension for the 200S trim make the new Chrysler 200S a decent performer that remains well-planted on the highway and twisty roads. The ride quality from the AWD Sport Suspension exudes a nice quality for balancing sport and comfort. Never was my 2015 Chrysler 200S upset with unwanted body motion or wavering on hard turns and twisty roads. For the most part, for a midsized sedan, the Chrysler 200S remained compliant and nicely mannered even when pushed a little hard. Though, as expected, the 200S will start to exhibit some understeer with subtle throttle cuts having stability control stepping in rather soft when you daringly push its lateral limits. With the AWD setup it is moderately difficult to unplant the 200S. Steering feel is also pretty spot on for the new Chrysler 200S, with a slight dash of sport and a nice weight through the electric-assisted steering rack.
The appeal of the all-new Chrysler 200S starts and ends with its interior and exterior styling. My 200S AWD V6-trimmed test vehicle with its Bright White Clear Coat exterior paint, hyper black 19-inch wheels and nicely accent-trimmed black interior, all bring out the new coupe-like style of the 200S. The front windshield is raked considerably with the with the A-pillar almost in line with the hood's sloping line. The curvy edges of the front fascia flowing back through the chiseled belt line and ending with the sculpted rear end encase a stylish set of LED tail lights, which all elaborate on a stunning exterior design. Even the optioned HID headlights with LED day-time running lights and LED foglights on my Chrysler 200S AWD tester add a nice luxury aesthetic to the exterior while at the same time the LED foglights provide a nice wide-light pattern emitted directly onto the road for better visibility.
Inside of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a restyled interior that appeals to its ease of functionality and over-all visual appeal. The controls throughout the new 200 were designed with thought behind them in their placement and intuitiveness. This is also evident within the latest version of Chrysler's Uconnect system fed through the 8.4-inch touchscreen as part of a Navigation system options package. Virtually the same system found in other similarly equipped Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, the new Uconnect interface is among the best in the business for infotainment systems in its user friendliness and quick responsiveness. The system nicely combines most vehicle settings and controls along with audio and navigation interaction. The limited amount of physical controls and turn-knobs rest on a slanted plane along the center console, placing the important stuff within a short reach of the driver or front passenger. It all comes together brilliantly. Even still, the cabin remains surprisingly quiet with the slight exception of the V6 engine's growl – it tends to find its way into the cabin with a subtle drone at times but not overly annoying.
The seating positions and comfort up front are ideal, too. The nicely-bolstered sports seats up front with cloth inserts surrounded by two-tone leather accents along the bolsters add a nice sporty taste to the interior. The black-chrome and bluish tinted trim throughout the interior and outlining the driver gauge cluster along the padded dashboard all work well to accent the color scheme of the interior and its "S" embroidered color-accented seats for the 200S trim. The shortcomings of the interior are limited to the over-all interior space being on the smallish size for a midsized sedan mostly in the rear. Rear seating isn't too friendly for 6-feet-tall individuals in the head and legroom departments. Trunk space slightly makes up for the smallish back seating area with a copious 16 cubic feet and the 60/40 split seat back has a nice trunk pass-through door accessed behind the fold-out armrest with cup holders.
Leaving several option groups and packages for the taking within the 200S and 200C trim levels makes the Chrysler 200 a nicely customized midsized sedan for almost any lifestyle. My 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6 was optioned with only a couple of packages being the Comfort Group (heated steering wheel, heated front seats, remote start system, humidity sensor, Parkview rear back-up camera, auto dual-zone climate, illuminated vanity mirrors and rear a/c-heater vents), Navigation and Sound Group 1 (7-inch color driver information display, GPS navigation, Uconnect 8.4-inch screen w/SXM radio and Bluetooth, 9 speaker Alpine audio system, Uconnect Access with assist and 911 emergency dial up, SXM Traffic and Travel Link and auto-dimming rearview mirror), Premium Lighting Group (HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED foglights) and 19-inch hyper black aluminum wheels. All together these options add about $3,780 to the price of my Chrysler 200S AWD V6's starting at $28,695 bring it to an as-tested $33,470 including a $995 destination charge. Still, the starting price of a base 2015 Chrysler 200 LX is a nice $22,695 (including $995 destination charge), a desirable point for a midsized sedan.
In all, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD V6 is a sharp-looking midsized sedan that assorts itself from fitting into the common crowd, which is a good thing. Additionally, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 appeals to the masses with a lot of customization in its feature sets and options with the ability to perform up to its stunning sporty looks through the V6 engine and class-leading 9-speed automatic transmission. I would certainly give the new Chrysler 200 a serious look if you are someone who is looking to break out from the normal and appease your visual sense with something exceptional that carries through your other senses with what's on the inside.
Copyright: 2014 AutomotiveAddicts.com
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Posted: 24 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT
While I wait to experience Nissan’s amazing new Smart Rearview Mirror, see video below, I wanted to showcase Nissan’s current auto-dimming rearview mirror, equipped with a crystal clear back-up camera LCD, a compass, and Homelink Universal Transceiver.
The 2014 Nissan 370z NISMO edition adds a massive rear wing spoiler to further disrupt the already limited rear window real estate. Needless to say, without some additional help, backing up the Z takes a bit of guesswork, potentially life threatening kind of guesswork that we would rather avoid. The backup camera LCD built into the rearview mirror changes everything. Nissan has thoughtfully provided that perfect companion who, and this is a metaphor of course, tirelessly stands behind the car and waives his or her hands like an aviation boatswain’s mate on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Take a look at the photos below to see just how much of a difference the camera really makes.
NO CHILDREN WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS ARTICLE!!!
Impossible to see anything directly behind the car.
Twisting your melon around doesn’t improve things much.
Stick the transmission in reverse though and…
Of course, the mirror still acts like a traditional rearview mirror as well. And the best part is that if it breaks, it still works (as a traditional mirror).
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