Making its first public appearance in Chicago, the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible will arrive in dealers this spring as an open-air runningmate to the newly redesigned/renamed Chrysler 200 Sedan. Like its four-door kin, this new droptop two-door benefits from the same comprehensive visual and functional upgrading program -- including a major retuning of its entire suspension system -- that separates this pair from the not-so-dearly departed Sebring line from which they originated.

Offering individual seating for four, the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible is available with either a retractable body-color steel hardtop or a cloth soft top. Both feature full-power activation, (including automatic header latches), tuck neatly into a trunk-area bin and can be raised/lowered at the touch of a button in the cabin and/or on the key fob. The 200 Convertible's cabin design and trim boasts the same new high-quality appearance and lengthy standard feature set as the 200 Sedan. Key options include available voice-activated Media Center audio system/audio system with Navigation upgrades, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a 30 gigabyte HDD/CD/DVD/MP3 radio with SIRIUS Travel Link real-time upgrades.

Chrysler 200 Convertible buyers will have the choice of both four- and six-cylinder powerplants, which are also shared with new 200 Sedan. Anchoring the lineup is the 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, rated at 173 horses and 166 pound-feet of torque. Optional motivator is the automaker's new 3.6-liter direct-injected Pentastar V6 that churns out 283 ponies and 260 pound-feet of twist. The four-cylinder comes with either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission while the latter unit is standard issue with the Pentastar six.

Initially, the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible will be available in Touring and Limited trim levels. They'll be joined mid-year by a sporty S variant. Pricing is expected to be announced later this month.

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