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2011-01-19 12:39

FOR LEFTIES ONLY: The new 200 Convertible will only be made available in left-hand drive.

It’s hard to believe this stylish number is the successor to the frightful Sebring convertible… After suffering the indignity of having its images leaked prematurely, the 200 Convertible is finally out for all to see.

Chrysler has released musical official images and details of the (mostly) all-new, four-seater convertible.

As with the classic Mazda MX-5, 200 Convertible owners have a choice of two power tops when specifying add-ons for their cars. The 200 Convertible comes with either a body-coloured retractable hard top or chic canvas.

MEDIA CENTRE

While sporting a new exterior design, dramatically overhauled suspension and new powertrains, the 200 Convertible is also packed to the hilt with the latest in modcons.

Those who sign on the dotted line can look forward to a media centre operated by voice command, satellite radio, a 30Gb infotainment system, along with a regular list of standard equipment.

The new car also comes with an improved powertrain line-up comprising a new 3.6-litre V6 engine while the 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is carried over. Both engines are mated to a six-speed transmission which, given the US market's penchant for self-shifters, we gather is automatic.

Sad news is, while the Sebring convertible was sold in South Africa, the same doesn’t apply to the drop-top version of the new 200. Chrysler SA has confirmed the car is only being made available for left-hand drive markets.
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