New Chrysler 200 coming early next year

Chrysler’s midsize sedan will get a thorough makeover when it goes into  production early next year, leaked documents have revealed.

Automotive News stumbled  across internal documents that state plans for a shortened model year for  the 2014  Chrysler 200  sedan, which will go into production this summer but wrap up in January – about  six months too early.

The 2014’s short production run is because the automaker’s Sterling Heights,  Michigan, assembly plant will be retooled to build the next 200.

The industry journal said that the documents don’t reveal anything about the  Dodge  Avenger, the 200’s platform-mate. A midsize Dodge sedan is expected, but  details remain rather fuzzy on its future.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 will  probably be introduced at next year’s North American International Auto Show in  Detroit, although a debut at the Los Angeles show this fall is also  possible.

Not a whole lot is known about the next-generation 200,  although it’s expected that the new  Jeep Cherokee’s 9-speed automatic transmission will be available, as will  the  Dodge  Dart‘s 2.4-liter engine and a new 3.2-liter V6 based on the 200’s existing  3.6-liter mill. Underneath, the 200 is likely to ride on a Fiat-derived  platform.

The current 200 has seen sales increase significantly, but  that’s due in part to the 200’s popularity with fleet buyers. The 200  Convertible’s (pictured) future is said to be in jeopardy, but Chrysler  essentially owns the large front-wheel-drive non-sporty convertible segment, so  it’s possible the droptop will make it into a fourth generation.

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