The Chrysler Sebring has for years been the brunt of countless jokes—about its tacky interior, wheezebox engine, tanky design, and more. Fiat-Chrysler finally cried “Enough!” and announced a replacement to be called the Nassau, which will launch late this year.
You can expect the car to be a makeover until a Fiat- or Alfa-based replacement comes in three years. The Nassau will borrow the name of the 2007 concept car shown above but, says MotorAuthority, won’t “have anything in common with the original concept car.”
Good. It looks too much like a made-over Sebring.
Another possible and better design source for the new car might be the Chrysler 200C EV Concept (right), shown in Detroit in January 2009. However, since the company abandoned the ENVI (EV) electric drive technology of the 200C, more likely is “a fuel efficient range of Multiair engines” and a dual-clutch transmission.
So Chrysler is at last heeding the call of diminishing market share, and it will be interesting to see what finally evolves for the Sebring, excuse me, Nassau.
We are all getting antsy waiting for new cars from Chrysler. Too much anticipation breeds criticism and even skepticism. Do you think the new Sebring has a chance to succeed?