30th June, 2006
Chrysler is planning a 'common car', to be known as the 2007 Chrysler Sebring.
It's an all-new mid-size sedan which builds on the formula begun with the
Chrysler 300 in the large car segment, and more recently, the all-new 2007 Dodge
Caliber in the compact car segment. This formula combines what Chrysler call
'stunning design' with interior craftsmanship, high-levels of safety and
reliability, exhilarating performance and excellent fuel efficiency, all at a
surprisingly affordable price. Sebring also features many class-leading
technologies not available in the mid-size segment.
“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring sustains the momentum started by the
Chrysler 300 and continued with the Dodge Caliber,” said George
Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “Just as the 300 redefined the
large-car segment and signaled the return of the great American car, Chrysler
Sebring combines the levels of reliability and durability that mid-size buyers
demand with unexpected levels of style, craftsmanship, technology and affordable
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring will be available in U.S. dealerships in the fourth
quarter of 2006 and in global volume markets in the first half of 2007.
Inspired by the 2003
Chrysler Airflite concept vehicle that was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show,
the all-new Chrysler Sebring’s lines evoke the exterior styling features
of the Chrysler vehicle, bringing the Chrysler brand’s expressive design
attributes to the mid-size segment.
“Sleek and sophisticated, the
Chrysler Sebring’s overall surfacing and details reflect the Chrysler brand’s
four attributes: expressive, refined, athletic and passionate,” said Trevor
Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. “Sebring’s elegant styling provides a
clear alternative to European and Japanese competition.”
From the front,
the Chrysler Sebring sedan features the distinctive face of the Chrysler brand,
with the Chrysler signature grille, a uniquely sculptured bonnet, large,
distinctive quad headlamps and available fog lamps.
A long bonnet profile,
chrome beltline molding and long roofline emulate a five-door appearance.
High-gloss blackouts on the B-pillars enhance the length of the Sebring’s
greenhouse. Sculptured character lines running along the body accentuate
The expressive character of the vehicle continues at the rear where Sebring’s
wide tail-lamps are integrated into both the rear quarters and extend into the
boot lid for visual impact. Rear fog lamps mounted in the backup lamps maintain
a uniform appearance between domestic and export vehicles. Chrysler Sebring
Limited models for the U.S. market add chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets to
hint at the performance capability of the optional 3.5-litre V6 engine.
Sebring’s exterior styling also runs through the vehicle’s interior, which
features a modern appearance with a focus on quality, detail and
“Chrysler Sebring’s interior takes a different direction from
many of the current mid-size sedans on the road. Its form is inspired by the
Chrysler uplifted winged badge motif and incorporates new and fresh decorative
elements,” Creed added.
Sebring’s finely crafted interior features soft
surfaces, mechanical grains and selective gloss levels on the interior surfaces.
From the driver’s seat, Sebring’s H-point is 64.6 mm higher
than the vehicle it replaces, giving drivers a command-of-the-road seating
position. Standard 60/40 fold-flat rear seats make room for more gear, and an
available fold-flat passenger seat provides a table-like surface to enhance the
versatility of Sebring’s interior.
All Chrysler Sebring models feature a two-tone interior colour theme of dark
and lighter shades of Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige, which provides a
spacious and well-appointed look. The Chrysler Sebring Limited model also
features an exclusive two-tone Cream and Pebble Beige interior with leather
seats. The Chrysler Sebring Limited’s available upscale accent materials and
finishes include Tortoise Shell, Satin Silver, Alloy Silver and Chrome.
Purposeful Technology that Makes Life Easier and Safer
In addition to Sebring’s design and elegant use of materials, this
all-new sedan brings new levels of function and technology to the U.S. mid-size
“Chrysler Sebring features a slew of new technologies not
typically found or expected in a mid-size car,” said David Rooney, Director –
Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. “These features make life easier
and safer for the driver and passengers, while making the overall driving
experience much more enjoyable for all.”
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring
features a Harmon/Kardon information, entertainment and safety
navigation audio system that raises the bar on in-vehicle communications. This
best-in-class next-generation navigation radio features a 6.5-inch Thin Film
Transistor (TFT) Display with a touch-screen panel that can support 65,000
colours, providing a three-dimensional appearance to graphics and animation, as
well as multiple font sizes and styles. The system follows voice-activated
commands and includes many new features for music, sound, movies and
personalised picture displays, including:
- A 20 gigabyte hard disc drive that includes Music Juke Box for organising
music and pictures to the hard drive
- Universal Serial Bus (USB) provides both MP3 connectivity and downloading of
WMA, MP3 and JPEG files onto the hard drive
- GraceNotes database installed on the hard disk drive, which provides song
identification, including title, composer, artist and title
- Playlist planning capability to provide easy access to files
- Voice memo recording, which allows a message up to three-minutes long to be
recorded using the microphone integrated into the rearview mirror
- Radio screen, which can display movies when Sebring is stopped
- SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, which provides U.S. customers with 100 channels of the
best music, entertainment and information coast-to-coast, commercial free, 24
hours a day
- UConnect™ Hands-free Communication uses Bluetooth® technology to provide
voice-activated wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible cell
phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety,
freedom, value and flexibility
In addition to this cutting-edge navigation radio, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring
also offers a unique combination of features not available on other mid-size
- YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric
- Available DVD rear-seat entertainment system that includes AM/FM stereo
radio with MP3 capable CD/DVD Player, six-disc CD/DVD Changer and SIRIUS
Satellite Digital Audio Radio (late availability)
- Heated/cooled front cupholder for keeping cool beverages cool and hot
- Light-Emitting Diode (LED) interior lighting with high-focus white lights in
both the front and rear seats (late availability)
- Auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 connectivity on all audio systems
- MP3 play capability
- Available remote start
- Express down front windows on the key fobs
- 60/40 fold-flat rear seats
- Available heated cloth front seats
- Available heated leather seats
- Available fold-flat front passenger seat
- Cabin air-filtration system
- Sliding center console armrest bin with dual bin front seat storage
- Available boot organiser
- HomeLink® universal garage door opener
Chrysler Sebring offers
a combination of standard safety items not typically
found in the mid-size-car segment, including:
Advanced multi-stage front air bags provide nearly
instantaneous occupant protection by matching air bag output to crash severity
Standard side-curtain air bags deploy from the
headliner to provide two rows of side-impact protection to outboard occupants
Front-seat-mounted side air bags deploy for enhanced
thorax protection during a side impact
Side guard door beams in front and rear doors provide occupant protection during a side impact
Structural safety cage protects occupants by managing
and controlling energy in the event of an impact
Available Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Traction
Control assists the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability
by applying selective braking and throttle control to control oversteer,
understeer and to maintain traction during acceleration on slippery surfaces
Brake Assist (included with ESP) ensures 100 percent
brake efficiency during panic brake situations
Belt Alert provides an audible and visual warning to alert drivers when
their seat belt is unfastened
Child Seat Anchor System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children [LATCH]) eases installation of
compatible aftermarket child seats
Daytime Running Lamps increase visual contrast between the Sebring and its surrounding
tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts the
driver to low pressure tyre(s) by a warning light in the instrument cluster. A
premium system displays individual tyre pressure, available with the Electronic
Vehicle Information System
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under
extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
Available auto-dimming rearview mirror
Remote Keyless Entry locks and unlocks doors, and turns on interior lamps. If the
vehicle is equipped with a vehicle-theft security alarm, the remote also arms
and disarms that system
Sentry Key® Engine Immobiliser utilises an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed
security key code to shut the engine off after a few seconds if the correct key
is not inserted.
UConnect Hands-free Communication
System uses Bluetoothtechnology to provide voice-activated wireless
communication between the occupants’ compatible cell phone and the vehicle’s
onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and
Performance with Efficiency
Three engine options power the 2007 Chrysler Sebring sold in the United
States: the new 2.4-litre four-cylinder World Engine, a 2.7-litre V-6 engine and
an available 3.5-litre V-6 engine coupled with a new six-speed automatic
transaxle with Auto Stick.
Sebring’s standard 2.4-litre World Engine
with dual variable valve timing (VVT) rivals all four-cylinder engines in the
mid-size-car segment with its combination of fuel economy and solid performance.
Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, this new engine provides a 13 percent
increase in horsepower and 4 percent
improvement in fuel economy compared with the 2.4-litre engine it replaces.
An available, enhanced 2.7-litre V-6 engine provides value- and
performance-conscious consumers the power of a V-6 engine with a price that
compares with the competitions’ four-cylinder engines.
Chrysler Sebring sedans sold in the United
States are also available with 3.5-litre V-6 engines coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle that
comes standard with Auto Stick. The combination of the upgraded 3.5L V6 engine
and six-speed automatic transaxle delivers performance and fuel
efficiency, as well as quiet operation.
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is one
of the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer the new six-speed automatic
transaxle, which provides quicker standing-start acceleration than a four- or
five-speed transaxle because of its numerically higher first gear ratio. A more
robust differential with increased torque capacity enhances launch performance
by requiring less torque management, electronically limiting the torque that is
available during the initial stages of standing-start acceleration. Smaller
steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed
doesn’t change as often with each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more
appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio
provide a quieter ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds.
“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring's performance is extremely competitive
with the best in its class,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President –
Front-wheel-drive Product Team. “Based on 0-60 mph acceleration tests, the
Sebring Limited's performance, with its new 3.5-litre V-6 engine and six-speed
automatic transaxle, rivals the leaders in the mid-size class.”
first time in the mid-size car segment, the Chrysler Group also will offer a
state-of-the-art 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine on the Chrysler Sebring for key
diesel markets outside North America. The diesel engine will deliver excellent
performance and fuel economy, with an estimated 103 kW and
320 Nm of torque.
In the United States, Chrysler Sebring is designed to appeal to 35-55
year-old buyers who are married and have a median income of approximately
$65,000 (USD). Fifty-five percent are female, and 60 percent are college educated.
Many have small families with one or two children. These mid-size car buyers are
down-to-earth and conservative, yet open-minded, self-confident and have a
passion for life. Middle and upper-middle class, their lives are active, and
they have a true sense of style. Their self image is grounded in their
accomplishments and future prospects. Chryslers Sebring’s elegant and
sophisticated design, packaged with interior craftsmanship and essential levels
of reliability, meets the needs of customers who want more than just
practicality in this competitive segment.
Chrysler Sebring Model
The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is available in the United States
in three models: Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Sebring Touring and Chrysler Sebring
2007 Chrysler Sebring Production
Production of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring begins in the third quarter of 2006
at the newly refurbished Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights,
Mich. The new 2.4-litre four-cylinder World Engine for this vehicle is built in
the state-of-the art Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in
Dundee, Michigan. The 2.7-litre V-6 engine and the 3.5-litre V-6 engines are built
at the Kenosha Engine Plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. GEMA is owned equally by
DaimlerChrysler Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Company.
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