Chrysler 200 Convertible Getting Axed

If you we’re planning on getting a convertible version of the 2015 Chrysler 200, then you’d better start looking for another summer cruise, as the Pentastar has decided to axe the droptop version this year.
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“We decided we’d be putting our best foot forward by concentrating all of our available resources into the sedan versus dividing them between the sedan and a convertible,” a Chrysler spokesperson told Edmunds.

Adding a convertible to the 2015 Chrysler 200 lineup would also require a substantial investment to create a redesigned rear end and a folding convertible top and Chrysler doesn’t seem too eager to do that just yet, Doug Verley, chief engineer of the 200 sedan, added.

"We'd have to re-engineer the rear of the car because now we need a new deck lid... and inside the convertible, we'd have to add quite a bit of structure into the A-pillars and sills. We'd want to give the customer a similar driving experience to the 2015 200 sedan. And on a convertible, we'd have to create that same torsional stiffness without a roof structure,” he noted.

Chrysler 200 Convertible sales have slumped to less than five percent of total 200 volume last year, which pretty much explains why Chrysler is not too anxious about having a new cabriolet.

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