|Light on fuel and heavy on features, the Chrysler Sebring has arrived on the South African market.|
The exterior styling carries a number of the company’s signature design cues, especially the nose, with its distinctive egg-crate grille, scalloped headlights and straked bonnet echoing the styling of the Crossfire. The Sebring comes in Inferno Red Crystal Pearl, Linen Gold Metallic, Marathon Blue Pearl, Modern Blue Pearl, Silver Steel Pearl, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl and Stone White exterior colours.
According to the company, the Sebring’s interior is inspired by the clean lines and functionality of it’s 2003 Airflite concept vehicle. The two-tone interior can be specified in a number of different trim materials ranging from Tortoise Shell to various Chrome accents depending on the model. In keeping with the model’s brief of practicality, the cabin features an array of pockets and storage spaces, as well as 60/40 split folding rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat that can double as a table.
DaimlerChrysler has pulled out the stops when it comes to security and safety features for the Sebring with such features as (deep breath now) ABS, ESP with Traction Control, dual multi-stage front airbags, side airbags, LATCH Child seat anchors, energy-absorbing steering column, tyre pressure monitors and alarm/immobiliser to mention just a few.
In a bid to improve NVH levels, DaimlerChrysler has also included a number of sound deadening touches to the engine and bodywork of the Sebring.
The Sebring is available in two models for the South African market; the Sebring Touring and the Sebring Limited, both of which are powered by the company’s 2,4-litre four cylinder World Engine. Featuring dual variable-valve timing and mated with a four-speed automatic gearbox, this powerplant delivers 125 kW at 6 000 r/min and 220 N.m of torque at 4 400 r/min. DaimlerChrysler claim impressive in-class fuel economy figures of 9,8l/100 km in town driving and 7,4l/100 km on the motorway.
Options available on the Chrysler Sebring Limited model include the MyGIG Harman/Kardon navigation, infotainment and navigation system, a rear-seat video system and power moonroof.
The Sebring Touring sedan is now available from South African dealerships for R219 900, while the Sebring Limited costs R239 900.
Both models come with a three year / 100 000km warranty and maintenance plan as standard.