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The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200

This is the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200. The next-generation midsize sedan is designed, engineered and built to compete with the very best vehicles in the industry.

The advanced engineering of the 2015 Chrysler 200 results in highly efficient, refined performance. The fuel economy ratings speak for themselves.

The 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine provides up to 36 highway mpg, while the available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine delivers up to 31 highway mpg with 295 horsepower.

The 200 also delivers exceptional power. You can choose the 184-horsepower 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine which delivers 173 lb-ft of torque or the available 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine which delivers 262 lb-ft of torque. With the available V6 engine, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has more available horsepower than Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.

The all-new nine-speed automatic transmission includes a Rotary E-shift. The Rotary E-shift features a wide gear ratio spread that provides smooth, indecipherable transfer between gears and efficiency in all gears and speeds. It operates electronically rather than mechanically, requiring less interior space for components. The Chrysler 200 is the only car in the segment to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on all Chrysler 200S models and 200C AWD models. They are included on 200C front-wheel drive models when equipped with the available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine.

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 offers more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class.

All Chrysler 200 models include steel cage construction and eight airbags that help deliver excellent occupant protection in front, side and rear impacts.

Advanced accident avoidance features include available Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and class-exclusive features including available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go functionality, available Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, available Parallel Park Assist with Full Stop and available Perpendicular Park Assist.

5-YEAR / 100,000-MILE
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE SERVICE Provides jump start assistance, out of gas/fuel delivery, tire service, lockout service and towing.

3-YEAR / 36,000-MILE
BASIC LIMITED WARRANTY Provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for your vehicle, from the body to the electrical system.

5-YEAR / 100,000-MILE
POWERTRAIN LIMITED WARRANTY Covers the cost of all parts and labor to repair a covered powertrain component; engine, transmission and drive system.

The exterior design of the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan blends coupe-like proportions with highly refined fit and finish. A dynamic stance, wind-swept profile, finely sculpted curves and aggressive wheel-to-body proportions result in a sophisticated road presence.

The exterior design is more than beautiful. The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 has unsurpassed aerodynamics in its class. More than 600 hours of wind tunnel refinements resulted in a vehicle that slips through the wind with impressive efficiency.

It offers more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class. These sophisticated systems help protect occupants and assist in maintaining vehicle control, because peace of mind isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.

Stretch your power farther with two engines to choose from.

The 184-horsepower 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine delivers an impressive 36 highway mpg without sacrificing performance.

The available 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine is highly efficient as well, providing 32 highway mpg.

Both engines are paired with the new class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission featuring a Rotary E-shift.

The available Uconnect 8.4AN System includes a high-resolution 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, an AM/FM HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Alpine 506-watt 10-speaker premium sound system, Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth, one year of Uconnect Access and 5 year trial of Uconnect Access Via Mobile.

Standard on all 2015 Chrysler 200 models except the LX, the Uconnect® 5.0 System includes a high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, one year of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a media hub with compatible mobile device integration and more.

The new available premium Driver Information Display (DID) delivers real-time information on performance, navigation and vehicle status using full color, incredibly crisp graphics that are seamlessly integrated with the analog instrumentation. The DID display allows for a wide range of customization, including the displays for audio, digital speedometer, compass, temperature, fuel economy, trip computer, navigation, tire pressure monitor, maintenance notifications and engine performance.

The available Smart Remote Start system operates from as far as 200 feet. The system not only starts the vehicle, but it can be programmed to activate the climate control and (if equipped) the available heated and ventilated seats and heated steering wheel depending on temperatures outside and inside the vehicle.

With the key fob in the vehicle proximity, Keyless Enter ‘n Go automatically unlocks the driver’s door when you pull the handle or unlocks the trunklid when you press the access button without using the key fob.

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only vehicle in its class to offer passive entry as standard equipment.

As long as the key fob is inside the vehicle, simply press the Start/Stop button located on the instrument panel and press down on the brake pedal to start the engine.

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We Heard You: Uconnect Enhancements Rolling Out

You speak, we listen. You want improved voice recognition technology. Done! You want better speed and accuracy. Got it!

Chrysler Group listens to Uconnect customers and has responded with a software update for vehicles equipped with Uconnect 8.4AN and 8.4A systems, including 2013 & 2014 Ram Trucks and SRT Vipers and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The update is designed to enrich the Uconnect user experience by keeping the system as technically advanced as possible while making it all easier to use without added distractions.

For instance, customers that complete the update will receive the recently introduced “Easy Prompts” feature. Best of all, we are giving our customers a choice of how to update their vehicles, either at home or at the dealership, making it convenient and simple.

So, what does this mean for you? Uconnect users will see improved speed and accuracy, including advancements in voice recognition, navigation and audio quality.

The software update is available beginning Monday, Oct. 14.

After completing the software update, vehicle owners may notice:

System Performance is Quicker & Faster
Chrysler Group has improved the speed and accuracy of its Uconnect 8.4AN and 8.4A systems. The voice recognition technology, which enables drivers to use their voice to place and receive hands-free phone calls, change radio stations or music sources, send a personal text message, navigate to a destination and more, has been significantly improved.

Once behind the wheel, drivers that push either the voice recognition or phone button on the steering wheel will notice new audible chimes and prompts. These enhancements make the system even more intuitive.

Chrysler Group has also simplified the number of voice commands within its Uconnect systems to enhance accuracy and is introducing “Easy Prompts” to aid drivers. With Easy Prompts, the most important voice commands are made available to the driver on the 8.4-inch touchscreen display. Once the driver masters the system they can choose to turn the Easy Prompts feature off.

    UC1leftPress the Voice Recognition button on the steering wheel and the following Easy Prompts menu will appear.

UC2leftPress the Phone button on the steering wheel and the following Easy Prompts menu will appear.

The Easy Prompts also are announced over the vehicle’s audio system should the driver require help.

Customer Feedback Fuels and Drives Uconnect Improvements
Chrysler Group has been actively listening to its customers since introducing the newly evolved Uconnect systems last year. As a result, a variety of additional improvements have been included in this Uconnect software update. For instance, a few of the most noticeable include:

– Drivers may notice that hands-free calling, routing to a destination and a range of other entertainment features, like Bluetooth audio streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, are more accurate and easier to use.

– Audio quality is also improved along with radio response times.

– The number of phonebook contacts has increased from 1,000 to 5,000 and each contact can now have up to four telephone entries. The phonebook will also sync with the system even quicker.

To determine if your 2013-2014 Ram Truck, SRT Viper or Jeep Grand Cherokee qualifies for the Uconnect 8.4A & 8.4AN software update and to download instructions, visit and click on Help & Support.

Uconnect1stSelect Your Brand (Either Ram/Jeep/SRT)

Uconnect2Click on “System Update”

Uconnect3You’ll be redirected to the Chrysler Group Uconnect Software Update Site where you will enter
the last eight digits of your VIN and click on the “Do I Qualify” button to determine
if your vehicle qualifies and if your Uconnect System will benefit from this software update.

Uconnect4Or, if you prefer to have the software update completed by a Dealer Service Technician, free of charge, simply reference the Uconnect 8.4A or 8.4AN software update when scheduling your appointment.

When you want Chrysler Group to improve your driving experience, always feel free to speak up. We are here and we are listening. For more information about Uconnect, visit or if you have questions about this software update you can contact Uconnect customer care at 1-877-855-8400 and press # to reach a customer support technical specialist.

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Jeep Wrangler finds its softer side

By Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

America, along with the rest of the world, has cheapened our icons.

Nowadays, everything is iconic: Robert Redford, a water tower and even a good Coney dog might qualify. The problem with making everything iconic is that then nothing really is. It’s like saying every child is special.

But one special vehicle deserving of this trail-rated badge is the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. It defines more than a brand — it defines a country, a way of life. Close your eyes and think of a Jeep and it’s the Wrangler crawling slowly up the side of your brain, fording cerebral fluid like it was crossing the Amazon River itself.

And finally, the Wrangler is opening its doors to more than just those wonderfully crazed enthusiasts who always have mud splattered on their sunglasses and dust covering the dash and floor and gear inside of other gear. The Jeep life used to be a dusty one.

Now the Wrangler has made room for everyone else, including the people who don’t care for dust.

Jeep put the Wrangler in its transmogrifier and popped out the 2012 version with better gas mileage, more power and a lot more refinement inside and out.

At first glance, the Wrangler’s looks haven’t changed much. There are still all of those great cues that say you drove to work via the Continental Pass. The big, round headlights, the seven-slotted grille and chunky 18-inch wheel strapped onto the back. There are a few other things enthusiasts know about, such as the exposed door hinges and the trapezoidal shaped fenders that help define the Wrangler.

But something happened during assembly that gives the Wrangler a cleaner look. Jeep attributes some of this to improved manufacturing and a new paint shop. This made it possible to provide a body-colored hardtop for the 2011 regular Wranglers and for 2012 Sahara and Rubicon models.

Inside, an interior overhaul has moved this 4×4 up a few rungs of the sophistication ladder. It’s a delicate ascent, as Wrangler still wants to have all of its rugged appeal but still attract people who enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as a well-made dash and comfortable seats.

The interior is comfortable and complete. The softer dash pushes out on a few inches from the nearly straight up windshield, and the redesigned instrument gauges are much more crisp.
Finally complete

Really, the difference is just the way this dash looks and feels over the previous generation. Jeep underwent a small overhaul for the 2011 model year, but critics called it half-baked.

Now, it’s finished. The materials feel high-grade, and there’s a completeness the previous model lacked.

There are the easy-to-reach USB connections and heated front seats (always been needed on chilly fall days when it’s sunny enough to keep the roof down).

(There are two types of roofs, a soft or hardtop, available for the Wrangler. Personally, I like the soft top, which is surprisingly quiet when it’s up; it takes a few minutes to lower, once you find all of the zippers involved.)

Jeep also brings it new UConnect system. The voice-activated system will connect your phone via Bluetooth for hands-free phone operation and your music-playing device.

My test vehicle still included the old-generation 6.5-inch color touch screen with chunky buttons down each side, but this system is better than last year. It took only a few minutes to get the speakers mounted on the roll bars and cranking out tunes.

Of course, sitting in the back of the Wrangler remains an uncomfortable experience and just getting back there can be a hassle. (This explains why the four-door Wrangler Unlimited continues to outsell the Wrangler two-door.)
More mileage

There are also convenient features such as the 115-volt outlet in the second row, a feature that every vehicle in the world should have. Jeep also added lockable storage, which comes in handy when the soft top is down and the Wrangler is parked. The Wrangler used to symbolize roughing it, but now, you don’t have to sacrifice anything inside the Wrangler.

Driving the Wrangler, there’s never a sense of sacrifice. First, it can do everything, if not more, than all of the Wranglers from years gone by. (This Wrangler was introduced in 1987, and the original Jeep Wiley pulled four years of military service before it even became available to the general public.)

Now, the Wrangler has the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 under its clamshell hood. This engine, the driving force behind Chrysler Group’s revival, is smaller, more powerful and all around better than the outgoing 3.8-liter V-6 formally in the Wrangler.

It produces 83 more horsepower (285 horsepower total), 23 pound-feet more torque (260 pound-feet total) and better fuel economy. The new Wrangler can get 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
More mileage

Naturally, when you’re going to put an engine into a Jeep, it will require modifications. Jeep engineers improved the intake, giving the Jeep more power, and moved the alternator up, just in case of an Amazon crossing.

Some of that mileage improvement can be attributed to the new five-speed automatic transmission (there’s also a German-made six-speed manual available). The manual transmission is extremely smooth, and a few times during my test-drive I forgot to put the Jeep in the fifth or sixth gear because the Wrangler was so responsive. The automatic was equally as responsive, never hunting for a gear.

The suspension, while created for all of that crazy wheel articulation off-road, provides a smooth ride on the highway and county roads. Even the Rubicon model felt comfortable on the road.

And that’s the difference between this Jeep and any other Wrangler.

Off the road, it will chew up almost any terrain in front of it. It relishes every opportunity to get dirty. On the road, it feels like a nice SUV with a smooth ride.

And this Wrangler will never call itself iconic. It knows if you have to call yourself that, then you’re not. And this Jeep certainly is.

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