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July 13, 2014

New Chrysler 200 sedan awaits winter

The new, 2015 Chrysler 200 is arriving right now, during high summer, when our thermometers flirt with 90 degrees and the humidity is so high that all of that heat clings like uncomfortable clothing. The biggest concern for anyone buying a new car today is that its air conditioner blasts like an Arctic wind.

So far only a handful of the re-made 200s have arrived in our area, reports Kevin Bihl of Bill DeLuca Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Haverhill. They’re attracting the attention people typically give to a next-generation new model, he states.

“There have been a lot of inquiries about it. People are excited about the new design,” said Bihl, who is internet sales manager and business development manager at DeLuca.

He expects interest to intensify as we roll past summer. That’s when a unique feature of the 2015 Chrysler 200 will suddenly loom as an essential ability to a lot of motorists – even more essential than air conditioning seems today.

In the meantime, the new 200 should please drivers looking for heat relief. I drove one last week, through all seven days of wilting temperatures and the blow-by thunderstorms those temperatures raise. The car kept me comfortable and suitably isolated from unpleasant havoc occurring outside. Chrysler buttoned up this model well, producing a smooth riding, quiet, and well mannered car.

What’s more, air conditioning comes as a standard feature on all levels of the re-styled and re-engineered, 2015 model 200. At the starting tier, the 200 LX version includes manually operated climate control. Automatic temperature control with two zones and rear-seat ducts enters at higher trim levels. Chrysler is positioning the new model as a well-priced value, delivering abundant equipment and a full basket of features even at its starting list price of $22,695. That starting model includes keyless entry and ignition, steering-wheel audio controls, vehicle information center, split folding rear seat, cruise control, tire-pressure monitoring, overhead front console with sunglass holder and an innovative center floor console with cupholders that slide away to provide extra storage.

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