This is the car Eminem should have been driving in the Super Bowl ad.
Chrysler has whisked the wraps of the new-generation 200 and finally we have the car that would have done the Eminem 2011 Super Bowl spot justice. It no longer has the resigned look of a rental fleet car. Instead the new 200 has all the ingredients to take on the midsize competition and win. At its heart, a nine-speed auto can be mated to either a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four with 184 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque, or a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 good for 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
Performance and fuel economy figures have yet to be listed, but given the array of high-tech features we expect them to be impressive. In addition to the 200's standard front-wheel setup, an optional all-wheel-drive system can disconnect the rear axle from the drive train to boost mileage. Selective driving modes, adaptive cruise control and Chrysler's new Compact US Wide platform affords the 200 a stiffer body, promising “sporty European handling dynamics and steering precision” with ride and comfort tuned for US roads. Other cutting-edge tech include blind-spot detection, full-speed forward collision warning plus system, backup cameras, and radar.
On top of all that is a body that draws you in. Longer, wider and with a slightly shorter wheelbase, the 200 boasts a svelte profile, a plunging roofline and a stylish front fascia with a muscular hood and small integrated upper grille bookended by headlights with optional LED DRLs. Integrated dual exhaust tips, trunk-lid spoiler and LED taillamps spruce up the rear, while the 200 sports black accents, a new winged badge and a set of 19-inch Hyper Black alloys. If you think the exterior has improved, then check out the cabin. From the plush leather seats, wood trim, floating center console and rotary gear shifter to the seven-inch information display cluster and optional 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen, this is a nice place to be.