Chrysler Sebring (sedan)

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Not to be confused with Maserati Sebring. Although Chrysler and Maserati did team up to produce the Chrysler TC before the Sebring came out.

Chrysler Sebring sedan
2004–2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan
Automotive industryChrysler LLC (August 2007–present)
DaimlerChrysler (2001–07)
Production2001–present {convertible continues}
AssemblySterling Heights, Michigan, United States
PredecessorChrysler Cirrus
Car classificationMid-size Luxury car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFF layout

The Chrysler Sebring is a line of Mid-size car sold by Chrysler LLC. There have been three entirely different vehicles with this name:

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1995-2000


The Chrysler Sebring was introduced as a Coupe for 1995, and later, a convertible was released for 1996. Both models replaced the Chrysler LeBaron. The convertible was built off of the Chrysler JA platform also used for the Cirrus sedan, while the coupe was based on the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Chrysler Sebring was named after Sebring, Florida, the site of the renowned endurance car race called the 12 Hours of Sebring. The name was first used by Chrysler Corporation's Plymouth division trim line of the Satellite Mid-size Coupe of the 1970s.

2001-2006


First Generation
2001-03 Chrysler Sebring sedan
Also calledChrysler Cirrus (in Mexico)
Production2001–2006
Automobile platformChrysler JR platform
Internal combustion engine2.4 L EDZ I4 engine
2.7 L EER V6
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed 41TE automatic
Wheelbase108.0 in (2743 mm)
Length190.7 in (4844 mm)
Width70.6 in (1793 mm) (2004-06)
71.9 in (1826 mm) (2001-03)
Height54.9 in (1394 mm)
Fuel capacity15.9 US gallons (60.2 L; 13.2 imp gal)
RelatedDodge Stratus
Volga Siber

The Sebring name was now used on three different Car for 2001. The coupe was based on the Mitsubishi Eclipse while the Sedan (car) and Convertible were Chrysler JR platform successors to the Chrysler Cirrus. The Sebring sedan is also a de facto successor to the Plymouth Breeze, since most Plymouths (e.g. Voyager, Prowler) were rebranded as Chryslers since the Marque's demise in 2001. The car got a facelift in 2004 by getting a new front fascia, as well as a Chrysler logo on the rear. The Sebring coupe was discontinued after 2005. The Sebring is sold as the Chrysler Cirrus in Mexico.

Some of the 2.7 L V6 engines have suffered from failures due to oil sludge contamination. These problems happen when fine engine oil passages become clogged with sludge, and often result in catastrophic failure of the engine. Improper maintainace, such as irregular oil changes would see such results. An unknown number of Sebring, Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Stratus owners have been affected. Fixes include changing to synthetic oil, inspection, and even engine replacement.

The IIHS gives the 2001-2006 Sebring an Acceptable overall rating in frontal crash tests.[1] In the side impact test a Poor overall rating was given to models without side airbags. The IIHS did not test the Sebring with side airbags since Chrysler declined another test.[2]

Trim levels

Throughout the 2001–2006 generation sedan many different trim levels were offered. Though there were multiple variations of some(for example plain Touring and Touring Platinum Series), just the main ones are listed below.

  • LX — 2001–2004
  • LXi — 2001–2003
  • base — 2004–2006
  • Touring — 2004–2006
  • Limited — 2004–2006
  • Signature Series — 2005
  • TSi — 2005–2006

2007-present


Second Generation
Chrysler Sebring sedan
Also calledChrysler Cirrus (in Mexico)
Production2007–present {for sedan only}
Automobile platformMitsubishi GS platform
Internal combustion engine2.0 L GEMA I4 engine
2.0 L List of Volkswagen engines I4 engine
2.4 L GEMA I4 engine
2.7 L EER V6
3.5 L EGJ V6
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed 40TES Automatic transmission
4-speed 41TES automatic
6-speed 62TE automatic
Wheelbase108.9 in (2766 mm)
Length190.6 in (4841 mm)
Width71.2 in (1808 mm)
Height59.0 in (1499 mm)
Fuel capacity16.9 US gallons (64.0 L; 14.1 imp gal)
RelatedDodge Journey
Dodge Avenger
Dodge Caliber
Jeep Compass
Jeep Patriot

The Sebring was replaced with a new model based on the Mitsubishi GS platform for 2007.

Because no 2007 Convertible was offered, the 2006 Sebring Convertible was left to fill the void, remaining in showrooms and on the company's website until the 2008 model's release.

2007 Chrysler Sebring sedan
The new Sebring borrows many styling cues from the 2003 Chrysler Airflite Concept car. It also has several Chrysler-signature styling cues, several of which come from the Chrysler Crossfire. Additionally, the new Sebring is the first Chrysler model to offer Chrysler's "MyGig" infotainment system.

The Chrysler Sebring is assembled in Sterling Heights, Michigan and contains over 82% of parts sourced in North America.

The convertible version was introduced in 2007 as a 2008 model, and for the first time featured an optional power hardtop in addition to the available cloth and vinyl tops.

2008 marks the first year that the Sebring is available with optional "MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System" which allows you store 20GB of music, dvds, and pictures.[3]

Chrysler offers three engines for the 2007 Sebring, the 2.4 L (2360 cc, 144 cu in) GEMA I4 engine, the 2.7 L (2736 cc, 167 cu in) EER V6, and the 3.5 L (3518 cc, 215 cu in) EGJ V6.[4] The 3.5 L V6 is coupled to Chrysler's first ever 6-speed Automatic transmission, which employs Autostick technology, and the 2.7 L V6 is capable of running on cleaner-burning E85. Export vehicles will be offered with a 2.0 L Turbocharger common-rail diesel made by Volkswagen and the 2.0 L GEMA engine.[5] The 3.5L V6 sedan is available with all wheel drive as a extra cost option for 2008 only. AWD will be dropped from the Sebring lineup in 2009 due to low demand.

Trim levels

  • base — 2007
  • LX — 2008 (replaced base)
  • Touring — (2007–2008)
  • Limited AWD — (2008)
  • Limited — 2007–present

For the 2009 model year the LX and Touring trims are dropped leaving only the Limited. In addition the Limited also gets the 2.4 litre 4 cylinder engine and its priced at the same price as the 2008 Touring model. And also for 2009, the Sebring gets rear badge placements modified slightly.

Fuel

All engines used in the Chrysler Sebring accept regular unleaded gasoline. Only the 2.7L DOHC 24V 6 Cylinder engine (offered in North America only) can accept both regular unleaded or E85 E85.[6]


Licensed production in Russia

The first-generation (2001–2006) Chrysler Sebring and its Dodge Stratus cousin will be built in Russia from late 2007 or early 2008 on, and will be sold as GAZ Siber.[7][8] The license and tooling for these cars were sold in April 2006 to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who owns the GAZ company in Nizhny Novgorod, which builds the Volga (automobile) automobile. This agreement cost about USD151 million (€ 124 million). It is planned to build up to 65,000 cars of both models annually. GAZ will keep its Volga (automobile) nameplate, naming this vehicle Volga Siber.[9] GAZ will import Chrysler 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engines (not the World Engines) from Mexico for use on these vehicles.
2008 Volga Siber

Launch of Chrysler Sebring in China

Production of the new Chrysler Sebring sedan for the China market will begin later 2007 in Beijing at Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive Co. (BBDC). BBDC is a joint venture between the Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corporation and Chrysler.

Production of the Sebring leverages assembly capacity at the new BBDC plant, which also builds the Chrysler 300C, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Mitsubishi Outlander. Four-cylinder World Engines for the Sebring will be built at the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich. for export to China. GEMA is a joint venture of Chrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co.

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