The 2007 Chrysler Sebring mid-size sedan will be officially premiered at the London Motor Show on 18 July, 2009, but the company’s PR department has already started pouring in some info about the upcoming car.
Among the latest news is Sebring’s first set of official photos.
It’s clearly visible on the pictures below that the third generation Sebring is stylistically close to its Chrysler 300c and Crossfire sister cars and, despite numerous design flaws, like awkward air intakes / fog lamps in the front bumper, monstrously thick C-pillars, and a strange-looking roofline, it definitely looks more appealing than the current model.
Details are still scarce, but the car will possibly be offered both as a sedan with a choice of diesel and gas engines, as well as a hardtop coupe-convertible (although the latter is still regarded as “a possibility.”)
The engines will be mated to a four-speed gearbox, but there is a chance that a higher-end version of the car will also be offered with a more fuel efficient six-speed transmission.
Although the vehicle is going to be built in the United States at Chrysler’s production facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the American brand promises that in the UK the new Sebring will be available with ‘native’ right-hand steering wheel and will have its front lights adapted for right-lane drive.
It is understood, that vehicle is going to be built on DCX JS platform, which is, in its own turn, is based on Mitsubishi GS platform that was co-developed with DaimlerChrysler conglomerate and was first presented in 2005 with the introduction of the new Mitsubishi Outlander mid-size crossover SUV.
Chrysler expects the new Sebring to compete against such popular vehicles as the American made Chevrolet Malibu, and Ford Fusion, the Korean family sedan Hyundai Sonata and the Japanese Mazda6.
In Mexico the car will sell as Chrysler Cirrus. Don’t really know, why.
2007 Chrysler Sebring technical specification (Base trim)
Body Type: 4-door mid-size sedan
Layout: front engine, FWD
Engine: 173hp @ 6000, 166 lb-ft (224 Nm) @ 4400 rpm of torque, 2.4-liter, inline-4
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Top Speed: N/A
0 – 62 mph: N/A
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 24 / 32 (9.8 / 7.4)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 190.6 / 71.2 / 59.0 / 108.9
Ground clearance (inches): N/A
Track (frt/rr): 61.8 / 61.8
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 36.5
Curb Weight: 3287 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cx): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity, max (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Mercury Milan, Toyota Camry, Mitsubishi Galant