Congrats Chrysler, You Just Restyled the Ford Fusion

Design

Automakers copying one another? We've never heard of such a thing.

First off, the new Chrysler 200 is a huge improvement over its predecessor, which was nothing more than a facelifted Sebring. Remember that hunk of crap? The folks at Chrysler knew a proper replacement was beyond necessary, and for all intents and purposes, the new 200 will actually be very competitive in its segment. But here’s the thing: it’s as though carmaker Chrysler-fied the Ford Fusion. Side by side, they look way too similar.

Both have four-door coupe-like styling, which is all the rage these days, but the 200 could and should have brought something more to the design table. The cars’ overall dimensions are also very similar, which makes sense considering they’re direct competitors. Still, a greater design effort on Chrysler’s part was needed, and at least its stylists didn’t blatantly rip off the front grille styling of Aston Martin.

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