- Chrysler to cancel 200 Convertible, Dodge Avenger
- Cancellation due to poor sales, platform sharing
- All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will be the automaker’s midsize offering
Chrysler has officially announced that it will soon cancel the 200 Convertible and the midsize Dodge Avenger sedan. The automaker made the announcement ahead of the arrival of its all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, which will only be offered as a 4-door sedan.
The demise of the Chrysler 200 Convertible means the end of the line for Chrysler’s 4-seat convertible offering, a tradition that has outlasted drop-top models from nearly every rival. While few other automakers offered midsize convertibles through the 1980s and 1990s, Chrysler carried on with the LeBaron, followed by the Sebring, until the 200 came out for the 2011 model year.
The Avenger’s cancellation, meanwhile, is a little less sentimental. Released in 2008, the Avenger has shared most mechanical components with Chrysler’s midsize sedan ever since. Though a redesigned Chrysler 200 is on the way for 2015, it seems that the automaker has decided that Dodge won’t offer its own version.
To industry insiders, neither model’s cancellation comes as a surprise. While the 200 Convertible remains one of the most popular 4-seat drop-tops on the market, that doesn’t mean much, especially since Chrysler says that it accounted for less than 5 percent of 200 sales last year. Meanwhile, the Avenger’s cancellation fits in with a corporate goal to offer fewer twin vehicles in the coming years.
For shoppers interested in a midsize Chrysler, the brand’s new 200 sedan is slated to go on sale this spring. In addition to modern new styling, the latest 200 boasts improved technology ranging from Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system to a 7-inch driver information display mounted in the gauge cluster. The 200 also gives drivers the choice between a 2.4-liter engine that returns up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway and a 3.6-liter V6 that boasts nearly 295 horsepower.
What it means to you: The Chrysler 200 Convertible and Dodge Avenger won’t be around much longer, and that means local dealers will likely be offering deep discounts.