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October 12, 2011

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible Road Test Review

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible Road Test Review by Bob Plunkett

By Bob Plunkett

This is cool: Chrysler's designers take the shapely 200 series sedan and scuttle its lid to forge a slinky 2+2 convertible edition.

So we're steering a 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible along the beach-bordered South Fletcher Avenue, Florida route A1A, in Fernandia Beach as warm sunlight splashes across a curvaceous car body decorated in Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat paint.

Of course, the top is down -- it tucks through electro-hydraulic means into a self-closing bin, leaving a smooth tonneau lid with no unsightly drop-top clutter.

And this convertible comes with choices for the composition of the retractable roof:  A cloth fabric soft top or a steel hardtop painted to match the body color.

The 2012 Chrysler 200 as a drop-top splits into three versions -- entry-model 200 Touring edition, the upscale 200 Limited and a deluxe 200 S -- and each adds exterior trim elements and interior equipment for differentiation.

Crisp styling for Chrysler's new convertible produces a shapely body carving muscular fenders over large wheels with a sweeping front hood scored by lines strafing across the top and a raked windshield tipping to the extreme to enhance aerodynamic efficiency.

Check that chin-forward prow -- with glimmering chrome-finned grille and corner-mounted projector-beam headlamps, it's the new face of the Chrysler brand. 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible Road Test Review - Read full review.

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