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- Chrysler 200 Designers Think Outside the Box
- Consumer Products Inspired Interior
200 exterior designer says team wanted to craft a car that “got people’s attention.”
’15 Chrysler 200 interior shares design cues with 200C concept car.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The new ’15200’s exterior design is meant to convey a feeling of emotion, unlike most entries in the midsize-sedan segment, two top designers say.
The new model, set to hit dealerships in the second quarter, is designed to draw people’s attention and make them more likely to visit adealership, says Brandon Faurote, head of exterior design.
“If you don’t do something that’s remarkable and outstanding that people notice, it’s tough to get them to come to your brand and experience what you can do and do well,” he tells WardsAuto during a media preview of the car here.
The 200 signals a new design direction for the Chrysler brand, with future models taking cues from the sedan, Faurote says.
Elements to be shared include the grille, headlamps and so-called Mobius strips, which the automaker describes as the chrome in the upper lower grille that forms a continuous loop.
Not all vehicles will incorporate all of the 200’s design cues, including the larger Chrysler 300, which has a distinct retro-inspired look.
“In the next-generation (300) you’ll see more of that DNA,” Faurote says. “We don’t want to change the DNA of that car drastically, but we do want to infuse some of this new vocabulary into it.”
During the early design phase of the new 200, Faurote and his team found inspiration in competitive cars such as theSonata and Kia Optima, sedans with coupe-like profiles. The new Fusion, which has been heralded for its design, was not yet available, but Faurote says it was scrutinized later in the 200’s development.
“We wanted to do a car that got people’s attention,” Faurote says, not follow in the direction of more conservative styledCamry and Accord. “We wanted to make sure as the car goes by people turn their heads and say, ‘What is that?”
A retro design never was considered for the 200, although the team studied historical Chrysler models for inspiration, but it did reinforce the notion the 200 should have a true American design and a confident look, he says.
Much of the exterior design was taken from the Chrysler 200C concept car, unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“That soft, fluid vocabulary traces back to the 200C concept,” Faurote says. “If you look at today’s lineup, they all have a similar grille design, and that was inspired by the concept.”
Ultimately, the design philosophy was to build a car that had a humanistic quality, which Faurote describes as less traditional, with more of a sculpted look influenced by the human body.
“I see that in the soft shoulders of the car,” he says. “I wanted it to be more beautiful and sculptural than (vehicles) designed by the computer.”