What it is
While it continues to enjoy the 300’s success, Chrysler is about to launch an assault on the mid-size market with a thoroughly revamped Sebring sedan. The nondescript styling of the 2006 model is replaced by a unique design that carries cues from both the 300 and the Crossfire roadster, the interior has been overhauled and can be fitted with luxurious features such as touch-screen navigation and rear DVD entertainment, and power choices range from an economical 172-horsepower four-cylinder to a 235-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 joined to a new six-speed transmission. As a package, it would appear that the new Sebring is poised to make a lasting impression on mid-size sedan shoppers.
Production of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring is currently under way, so look for the first examples to hit your town before year’s end. Base, Touring, and Limited trim levels will be available.
Why it matters
Though it will likely continue as an ever-present fixture of the airport scene, the redesigned 2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan (the Sebring convertible is coming a bit later, and is rumored to have a retractable hardtop) bucks the round bubble styling trend, looking to attract buyers who desire unique style as well as substance, much like the larger 300 sedan did when it was launched. To that end, a bold Crossfire-ish front end has been added along with desirable features such as a rear DVD system and a touch-screen navigation system. Taken as a whole, it’s possible that the 2007 Chrysler Sebring could become a part of the family and not just an appliance enjoyed during Florida vacations.
What’s under the hood
Three engines will be available in the redesigned 2007 Chrysler Sebring sedan: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a 2.7-liter V6, and a 3.5-liter V6. The smallest of the three, the so-called World Engine, features variable valve timing, 172 horsepower, and an expected four-percent gain in fuel economy with a four-speed automatic transmission directing power to the front wheels. One notch up is the 2.7-liter V6, offering 190 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque, again mated to a four-speed automatic. At the top of the food chain is the 3.5-liter V6, boasting 235 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque, bolted to a new six-speed automatic transmission with Chrysler’s AutoStick manual-mode feature. Available only in Limited trim, the 2007 Sebring’s biggest six-cylinder is expected to produce 0-60 mph times that are among the best in the mid-size sedan class. All engines will be built in either Kenosha, Wisc., or Dundee, Mich., while the Sebring will be assembled in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Regardless of which items the Sebring buyer chooses to select, this new ride will be delivered with a two-tone interior colored in Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige. Specific to Limited models is a leather Cream and Pebble Beige color scheme with optional Tortoise Shell, Satin Silver, Alloy Silver, or Chrome accents.
Adding comfort and safety is a driver’s seat situated more than two inches higher than the 2006 Sebring for a better view of the road, standard side-curtain airbags, front-side airbags, electronic stability control with traction control and brake assist, and a tire pressure monitor.
What we think
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