When the 2011 Chrysler 200 hits showrooms in the next several weeks, its base LX model will cost $875 less than the sedan it replaces. The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, meanwhile, will be priced nearly $5,000 more than the current model.
Pricing on the 200 will start at $19,995. The touring trim level will start at $21,995, and the upscale Limited model will sell for $24,495. The 200 is a replacement for the Chrysler Sebring, which has a base price of $20,870. All prices include $750 destination.
Chrysler Group also said pricing on the 2011 Town & Country will start at $30,995 for touring models. Town & Country Touring L models will start at $32,995, and Limited pricing will start at $39,495. The 2010 Town & County starts at $26,010. All prices include $835 for destination. Chrysler said the price increase reflects a significant increase in the number of standard features.
Chrysler hopes improvements to the sedan will draw consumers back to the automaker's mid-sized cars, which have been largely panned by journalists.
Each new Town & Country comes standard with what Chrysler calls SafetyTec, a package of 40 standard safety and technology features, including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection.
Chrysler said particular emphasis has been put on the minivan's interior.
Among the changes: a redesigned instrument panel, better cloth and leather seat materials and new soft-touch door trim. The new steering wheel features integrated controls so the driver can easily operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions.
The vehicle also has been re-engineered to reduce interior noise and improve ride and handling, Chrysler said.
The new Pentastar V-6 engine will be under the hood, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 283 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque, producing an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, Chrysler said.