Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Chrysler Sebring Lands Down Under

Australians will be able to get a fully loaded Chrysler Sebring starting next month. (Photo courtesy of DaimlerChrysler AG)

SYDNEY, Australia — Chrysler Australia will take advantage of the strength of the Australian dollar and introduce the new Chrysler Sebring 2.4-liter sedan in early June. It will be pitched directly at the Honda Accord, Subaru Liberty and Toyota Camry in the competitive medium-car segment here.

The Sebring will be launched in two models, base Touring and Limited, both with a high level of trim. There will be only one drivetrain, a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, producing 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

Even the base model comes with standard leather upholstery, six airbags, cruise control, electronic stability control, power mirrors, remote locking, a six-speaker sound system, heated front seats, electric driver seat and a Bluetooth connection.

The uplevel Limited features 18-inch alloy wheels (in place of the Touring's 17-inchers), an upgraded entertainment system and a tilt-and-slide sunroof.

The range is expected to be expanded later this year to include the two-door Sebring convertible with a V6 engine.

Prices start at the equivalent of U.S. $27,950 for the Touring model and $30,825 for the Limited.

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