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Chrysler Sebring in the changes

22 June 2006

  • New Sebring to be unveiled at British Motor Show
  • Power from 2.4 and 2.7 V6 petrols and 2.0 diesel
  • Car has coffee-heater and 20GB music hard drive

The new Chrysler Sebring will be launched at the British Motor Show in July

This all-new Chrysler Sebring family car will be unveiled at the British Motor Show this July, with sales starting around the middle of next year.

Chrysler hopes the Sebring's distinctive styling will make it stand out among the legions of European and Japanese family cars.

It's going to be available with some powerful engine options, too - a 170bhp 2.4-litre petrol, 187bhp 2.7-litre V6 petrol and 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel - and it will probably cost from around £16,000 to £17,000.

Performance figures for the Sebring haven't been released yet, but Chrysler is whetting appetites with a few details of the toys you'll be able to enjoy.

The stereo allows you to plug in your MP3 player and download most, if not all, of your music collection to an on-board 20-gigabyte hard disk. It's likely to be standard on many models in the range and can be combined with a satellite-navigation system with large, high-resolution touchscreen.

A clever cup holder can heat drinks up to 60 degrees centigrade, or keep them chilled to just above freezing, at 1.5C.

Front, side and curtain airbags are likely to be found in every car, along with air-conditioning, remote central locking and electric windows.

The Sebring is longer and taller than current top-selling family car, the Ford Mondeo, but we expect to see the all-new version of this at the Paris Motor Show. This new Mondeo is likely to bigger than the current model - to see what it could look like, come back to whatcar.com later today.

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