Chrysler retires its Sebring coupe and enhances the Sebring Sedan and Convertible for the 2006 model year. There's a sporty new TSi version of the sedan that features a ground effects package, body-color decklid spoiler, fog lamps, oversized chrome exhaust tip, low-restriction sport-tuned exhaust, and unique 17-inch wheels and performance tires. The sedan also offers three new value packages for the 2006 model year: Leather, Chrome, and Protection.
Chrysler's long-running Sebring is available as either a convertible or sedan for 2006, with four trim levels available for each body style: the Sebring convertible comes in base, GTC, Touring, and Limited styles, while the Sedan is available in base, Touring, Limited and TSi guise. Base models are powered by a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine developing 150 hp, and come mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the Sebring line receives a 200-hp, 2.7L V-6 fitted with a 4-speed automatic. TSi sedans and Limited convertibles also gain AutoStick shift control. Safety features include front, side and optional side curtain air bags (sedan), anti-lock brakes, and traction control.
Standard sedan features include cloth low-back bucket seats with driver's manual lumbar, front and rear floor mats, air conditioning, power windows with driver's one-touch down feature, power locks, dual power mirrors, remote keyless entry with Sentry Key engine immobilizer, an AM/FM stereo radio with single-disc CD player, cruise control, a rear 60/40 folding seat, power front disc and rear drum brakes and 16-inch aluminum wheels. Three new value packages are available for the Sebring Sedan. The Leather Value Package includes leather-trimmed seats, eight-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, power sun roof, a premium headliner (which includes grab handles, illuminated vanity mirrors, and map lights), and an AM/FM stereo/cassette/CD player. The Chrome Value Package includes chrome-clad wheels, fog lamps, automatic-dimming rearview mirror, compass/temperature/trip computer, premium headliner, and a Premium Gold audio system that has six speakers and a 120-watt amplifier. Checking the Protection Value Package box on the order sheet adds four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, low-speed traction control, and side-curtain air bags. Additionally, a Sebring Sedan Signature Series trim package offers leather seats, leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, chrome wheels, chrome inside door handles, fog lights, power driver's seat, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, and a power sun roof with premium headliner.
Convertible models come standard with a power-folding black vinyl top with four-window-down feature, a convertible top boot cover, cloth seats with integrated seat belts, air conditioning, rear defroster, tinted side windows, solar-tinted windshield and rear window, power windows with driver's-side one-touch down feature, power locks, auxiliary 12-volt power outlet, cruise control, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, quad halogen headlamps with time delay, dual power mirrors, an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player and six speakers, and remote keyless entry. Sirius Satellite Radio is a new option for the convertible. Silver Steel is a new exterior color for all sedan and convertible models, while the Limited convertible has an exclusive Deep Jade over Light Taupe interior scheme for 2006.
Residing in the Midsize Conventional segment, the Sebring Sedan and Convertible compete with 19 other offerings, all targeting the substantial market of midsize sedan/coupe buyers. The segment includes some of the top-selling models in the U.S., and will be growing next year with the addition of the Saturn Aura sedan.
Combined sales of the Sebring Sedan and Convertible were 83,998 in calendar year 2005-the 10th highest in the segment, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The sales leaders for 2005 were the Toyota Camry (376,803 units sold), Honda Accord (369,293), and the Nissan Altima (255,371). Other notable competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, the now-defunct Ford Taurus, the Hyundai Sonata, and Pontiac G6.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$26,115||150-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||22/30|
|GTC||4 speed automatic||$27,540||200-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|
|Touring||4 speed automatic||$28,865||200-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|
|Limited||4 speed automatic||$31,675||200-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl||21/28|