Chrysler Cirrus sedan made its debut in 1995 and its last production model was seen in 2000. The mid sized four door sedan officially replaced Chrysler LeBaron.
Cirrus debuted in 1995 and though there were few enticing things about it, the sedan could not quite become a success story for the Auburn Hills auto makers. With its debut, it officially replaced the LeBaron sedan, which was seeing a big dip in its sales. The vehicle was largely based on the then new JA platform and was marketed in US, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico. The last production model of the midsized sedan was in 2000; though Daimler Chrysler continued selling it as Sebring sedan in Mexico till 2010. Let us take a detailed look at the Chrysler Cirrus sedan.
Design and Concept
The vehicle was largely based on the concept model of the identical name, which was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The concept behind this sedan was to create a vehicle that was imposing in style and fun to drive. The concept version was powered by a 3.0liter turbocharged engine, which generated 400hp. The production version was of course more modest and featured a cab-forward design.
The sedan debuted with a V6 engine, which came mated to an auto transmission system. The engine churned out 164hp and the features in the vehicle included air conditioning, power windows, and antilock brakes. The two variants were LX and LXi.
The entry level LX is powered by a 2.4liter 4-cylinder engine, which came as a replacement for the V6; while the higher LXi continued to be powered by a V6. For improved engine response, LXi received a revised torque converter. Other noticeable inclusions were chrome plated aluminium wheels, new body paints, and power sun roof.
For 1997, we did not see any major changes anywhere but there were some features shuffling amongst the different variants. For 1997, an in dash CD changer and a trip computer were included in the feature list.
1998 Chrysler Cirrus
For 1998, the Cirrus sedan was marketed in only one variant- LXi as LX trim was dropped. Other standard features were a 2.5liter V6, power mirrors, windows and locks, tilt wheel, and a powered seat for driver.
The only well appointed LXi is lightly upgraded for 1999. Lowered NHV levels and a new instrument cluster were newer editions in the cabin. The revised suspension also improved the already soft ride offered by Cirrus.
2000 Chrysler Cirrus
In 2000, we saw LX swinging back into action along with LXi. Post 2000 the production of Cirrus was stopped looking at the continuously decreasing sales figures.