2009 Chrysler Sebring Convertible | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 by

The is rather misleadingly named after the famous Sebring racetrack in Florida, USA.

But it’s neither a racecar or particularly fast, so why they bothered with this historically name is a bit of mystery. You can’t even buy the car with a traditionally American V8 engine, just a fairly lifeless V6, so there’ll be no racy shot in the arm for Sebring owners.

But still, the 2009 Sebring strongest selling points are really its unique styling and high equipment levels, rather than any true racing heritage.

If you’re a little bored of those rather bland Japanese midsizers that seem to flood the Middle Eastern roads, then a close look at the Sebring could offer you some styling surprises – there are curves, lines and creases absolutely everywhere, and no-one could ever call this Chrysler dull or uninteresting to look at.

2009 Chrysler Sebring

In fact you could spend all day looking at the Sebring and still never see every detail of its extravagantly styled bodywork – the designer earned his overtime here.

The frontal, three-quarter view of this car is probably its best angle to regard, with the wide wheel arches, heavily creased and detailed doors and curving, coupe-esque roofline all mixing-up to become quite a pleasant view. However, some more conservative consumers might find the Sebring’s styling to be a little too busy, and even confused, so a good long look in the flesh is definitely recommended.

Still, it’s a bit of a shame about the engine choice, or lack of it. In the U.S you can buy the Sebring with a 3.5-litre V6 engine that offers some pretty good poke at 235bhp, but in the Middle East I’m afraid we are limited to just one V6 choice, and that is the 2.7-litre unit that makes less power, at 188bhp and 256Nm of torque.

2009 Chrysler Sebring

That’s a fair amount of power, but this is also a well-loaded, rather heavy car, and one can’t help but wonder just how useful the extra power of the bigger capacity V6 would be.

The 188bhp motor is mated to a four-speed, clutchless manual gearbox, called ‘AutoStick’ – another great name from Chrysler, then. Like the underpowered engine; the gearbox is also short of a ratio or two, and this will maybe annoy buyers who seek as much modernity and technology as possible from their new car purchase. Fuel economy and acceleration can only be aided by at least an extra, fifth gear and Chrysler needs to address this issue.

Interior wise, the Sebring is well-appointed enough, with that usual plush feeling that American cars offer well, but there’s also some techno-goodies like a 30GB hard drive to take all your favourite tunes, and chilled cupholders to keep your Coke cool.

2009 Chrysler Sebring

There’s good and bad about the Sebring, but probably more good than bad, depending on your standpoint and requirements. There is also a option with this car, which represents rather good value, if you fancy some wind in your hair.

Specification

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan/ Convertible2.7188256A

 

Price Range (AED) 92,000-131,000

 

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