Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne announced that the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart are due to be discontinued by the end of 2016. As it turns out, compact models are no longer profitable enough. Their lackluster sales and smaller profit margins are reasons for such situation. According to official statements, the company will focus on further improving sales of its SUV lineup as well as other larger models with higher price points. However, that doesn’t mean the FCA Group will abandon the compact vehicle segment entirely. Namely, the latest rumors suggest that these two models could be built by a third party in the future. So, the discontinued 2018 Chrysler 200 is very likely to make its debut as a rebadged version of another model currently produced by FCA.
Design and Features
Although the future of the Chrysler 200 is still not clear, it has been speculated that its replacement is most likely to be built in China. In that sense, several sources have recently hinted to the most likely candidate. A rebadged Chrysler 200 will be version of the Fiat Viaggio. This one is currently produced and sold on the Chinese market. So, the upcoming 200 together with its cross-brand stable-mate, the Dodge Dart, could ride on the Fiat Compact Platform that underpins the likes of Viaggio and Alfa Romeo Giullieta. As Fiat’s sedan is soon to enter its second generation, the 2018 Chrysler 200 will benefit from its architectural and mechanical enhancements.
When it comes to the sheet metal, the 2018 Chrysler 200 is not expected to bring any revolutionary changes. In other words, expect it to feature its recognizable Chrysler design language combined with several fresh styling cues. The interior design, though, should bring a much more radical overhaul. The upcoming model is likely to adopt a slew of improved materials and several high-tech systems that haven’t been on offer in this class thus far.
2018 Chrysler 200 Engine Options
Details on the upcoming 200’s engine range are still scarce but several reports have recently hinted at possible candidates. According to some of them, the 2018 Chrysler 200 might get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder as its base engine. The more efficient option could come in the form of a 1.4-liter turbocharged unit delivering in excess of 40 miles per gallon. Rumor also has it that it might even be offered with a turbocharged Hurricane four-cylinder that will make between 240 and 260 horsepower. When it comes to transmission choices, the new 200 sedan could retain its current six-speed automatic or possibly adopt a more expensive nine-speed gearbox.
As official details concerning the 2018 Chrysler 200 are still unavailable, we’ll be eager to share any new developments on that matter in the coming months. The future of the model that became synonymous with Chrysler’s comeback after the great financial crisis is currently one of the most interesting topics in the automotive world.