The 2017 Chrysler 200 is nothing more than just a rumor at this point. A few days ago the FCA Group finally stopped making the 200. The factory that was making it will be retooled in order to start making the next generation RAM 1500. However, not everything is lost just yet. A few months ago Chrysler’s CEO stated that they are looking for a contractor to build a successor for the 200. At this point, it still is unclear who this contractor may be. Some suggested Fiat but at this point, Fiat doesn’t really have a suitable car to take the place left by the 200.
2017 Chrysler 200 Price and Release date
We are now going to take a closer look at the cars that could replace the 200 and at the upgrades, these cars may receive. Like we all know, Chrysler is now going to be focused on making crossovers and minivans which are currently some of the best selling cars in North America. The contracted sedan is still going to be sold under their badge but it will not have much in common with the older model which has been around for two very short years. For starters, the price of the new car is expected to start right around $23,000 and go up from there. There are a few cars currently on the market perfectly fitting the price range.
We know it might seem a bit of a stretch for the 2017 Chrysler 200 to be a re-badge of the Mazda 6. However, this is quite possible at this point. As we all know, Mazda worked with Fiat for the 124 Spider and they might work again for the 200. The Mazda 6 would easily fit the bill as a replacement for it. The car is the right size, it is very fun to drive, efficient, comfortable and one of the best-selling models in its class. By building it for another manufacturer Mazda would only sell more of them.
However, if the 6 will end up as the Chrysler 200 then expect some changes. For starters, the car will definitely receive new engines. So far it seems that the 2 liters turbocharged inline 4 developed by Alfa Romeo is the most likely contender. This can easily make between 200 and 300 horsepower and as much as 300 lb-ft of torque. Even a basic version of it coupled with the great chassis of the Mazda 6 would make for one of the best cars in its class. The interior, on the other hand, is more than likely going to receive a few Chrysler badges, likely a new infotainment system and steering wheel and call it a day.
An unnamed Fiat?
We did say that the 2017 Chrysler 200 might be replaced by a Fiat or Lancia. This would be a large family sedan build on a front wheel drive chassis. In fact, it would use the same platform as the current 200, only slightly revised. Fiat would likely try to offer a more refined driving experience without sacrificing much, if anything. With the new car, expect it to be larger and better proportioned than the older model.
These changes alone should allow the 200 to become the car it was always meant to be. Because this would be a car built from scratch, we would expect it to borrow heavily from the older model as well as from Chrysler’s other models. However, even though it would likely be cheaper than the Mazda, we feel that it would not be as successful. The Mazda already proved itself and Fiat have the relationship needed to pull such a deal off. The only problem would be the image the 200 has on the US market.