LOS ANGELES -- Chrysler design boss Ralph Gilles says the restyling of the Sebring mid-sized sedan -- to be unveiled at the auto show here this week -- will be so dramatic that it is being renamed “200” to show how much it has changed.
Let's hope he means that “200” represents the number of major changes to the vehicle, or the percentage improvement over the old model, because, as it is, the Sebring is in dire need of rescue.
Let's start with the interior. The word “nondescript” would be kind. Acres of cheap plastic that scream rental car. Build-to-cost buttons, switches and knobs and uncomfortable seats. Driving the car is not much better. The engine is thrashy -- the gearing too short in low range and too tall higher up. The suspension is jarring on uneven roads, and the steering is an evil brew of vague and twitchy.