Chrysler Rolls Out New Sebring
With the new 2007 Dodge Sebring, Chrysler Group is trying to bridge the success of the 300 and Caliber with a mid-size offering styled as aggressively as those entries. The new Sebring is the Caliber lineup and is mated to a four-speed automatic. A 2.7-liter V-6 shores up the middle of the line with 190 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. The top engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 with 235 hp, 232 lb-ft of torque; it's coupled only to a six-speed automatic. Markets outside North America will get a 140-hp, 2.0-liter turbodiesel four.
The driver sits 2.54 inches taller in the new Sebring, giving it a "command" driving position, Chrysler says. The rear seats fold flat in a 60/40 split, while the front passenger seat folds flat and provides a hard seatback surface for more gear storage or to use for items like a laptop.
Safety gear on the Sebring includes dual front, side, and curtain airbags; daytime running lights; anti-lock brakes; and tire pressure monitors. Stability control is an option.
A new Harmon/Kardon audio and information system is optional. It comes with a touch-screen
interface and a 6.5-inch screen that controls a 20-gigabyte hard drive for music and video storage. A USB connection allows music to be transferred to the car, and voice memo recording is available. The system also sports Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is also available.
Other available interior features include heated and cooled front cupholders, an audio input jack for MP3 players, YES Essentials odor-resistant fabric, and remote start.
Chrysler says the Sebring will be available in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2006 in three trim levels: Sebring, Touring, and Limited. International markets get the sedan in the first half of next year.
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