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Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 Detroit Auto Show: Chrysler 200C EV Concept

200c-f34-555.jpgToday's first real surprise at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show drove onto the Chrysler stand, a midsize rear-wheel-drive electric sedan concept called the 200C EV, a rolling ambassador for the automaker's new Uconnect system.

Built on a modified version of the LX platform, the 200C EV's wheelbase is 4 inches shorter than the Chrysler 300's and the same as the Dodge Challenger's.

200c-r34-555.jpgFrank Klegon, Chrysler's executive VP of product development says the 200C EV concept is good for 268 horsepower in its current state and is a "palette for powertrains."

Like the other ENVI range-extended electric vehicles, the 200C EV has a 400-mile total range, and a 40-mile all-electric range with zero fuel consumption.

Chrysler hasn't announced whether it plans to build the 200C, but Klegon says the usage of the modified platform creates production possibilities. -- Kelly Toepke, News Editor