Design – The Video
In the below video, designer Joe Dehner speaks about the exterior and interior styling of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible and demonstrates its retractable hardtop roof.
The Chrysler Sebring Convertible has long held the honor of America’s favorite convertible: it has earned the title of best-selling convertible in the United States for seven of the past 11 years.
The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible will be available in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2007 and in global volume markets in the second half of 2007.
Chrysler designers looked at the future brand showroom when seeking inspiration for the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible.
From the original sketches to the production vehicle, the all-new convertible was designed to provide a familial tie to its new sedan sibling, and the resemblance is unmistakable.
Beyond that, the convertible stretches the look to create usable space in the trunk when the convertible top is stowed.
“Top up or down, the all-new Sebring Convertible’s design captures the essence of the Chrysler brand,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler Group. “The all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s design is a showcase for the expressive, refined, athletic and passionate.”
The previous Chrysler Sebring Convertible (2004)
From the front view, the new Sebring Convertible shares many traits with its sedan sibling, including the distinctive face of Chrysler, the brand’s signature eggcrate grille and a uniquely sculptured hood that features the Chrysler brand’s elegant lines.
The Chrysler winged medallion is centered at the top of the grille just below the leading edge of the hood.
Large quad headlamps wrap around to the side of the vehicle, where the all-new Sebring Convertible’s profile takes on a shape all its own.
The all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer, and the car is 3.5 inches taller and more than 2 inches wider than the vehicle it replaces. Its overall length also is 3 inches longer than the sedan, which lengthens the side profile and provides enough cargo room in the trunk to hold two golf bags when the roof is retracted.
Sebring Convertible’s profile is defined by a long hood, a long roofline and a high chrome beltline, all of which give the vehicle a nicely proportioned, elegant greenhouse with the top up.
Designers also minimized the width of the C-pillar, improving the convertible’s sleek side profile and increasing rearward visibility when the convertible top is up.
Sculpted character lines run across the body, underneath the door handles and across the lower bodyside, producing the Sebring Convertible’s athletic stance.
From the rear, wide tail lamps are mounted on the corners and deck lid for visibility and visual impact. Rear fog lamps mounted in the backup lamps help maintain a uniform appearance among models sold around the world. Chrome-tipped dual exhaust outputs hint at the Limited model’s performance capability when equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transaxle.
The all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s interior features a clean design with focus on quality, craftsmanship and execution. Soft surfaces on interior touch points, including the instrument panel cover and door arm rests, complement the convertible’s luxurious interior.
Inspired by the Chrysler winged badge, the convertible’s center stack features a Chrysler signature analog clock, which is surrounded by dual heating and air conditioning vents. Sebring Convertible’s instrument panel also includes a locking glove box that can secure important documents and small items.
The center floor console features dual storage bins and a sliding armrest that moves 3 inches to provide a comfortable position for all drivers.
As many as four occupants can experience the new Sebring Convertible’s comfortable, roomy interior. Occupants sit 2.5 inches higher than they did in the previous Sebring Convertible model, giving them a command-of-the-road seating position. Rear seat passengers also have plenty of leg and head room, making this a functional convertible that can be enjoyed year round in all seasons.
All 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible models feature a two-tone interior theme with dark and lighter shades of Khaki or Gray on the instrument panel and door trim. The Chrysler Sebring Convertible Limited model also features an exclusive Cream and Pebble Beige interior with leather seats. Interior accents include Alloy Silver and chrome on the Sebring Convertible model, Satin Silver and chrome on the Touring model and Satin Silver, chrome and Tortoise Shell on the Limited model.
The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible is available in the United States in three models: Chrysler Sebring Convertible, Chrysler Sebring Convertible Touring and Chrysler Sebring Convertible Limited.
Three engine options power the 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible sold in the United States: the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine, an available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) 2.7-liter V-6 engine and an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick.
Compared with the model it replaces, the new Sebring Convertible’s body structure is substantially stiffer than its predecessor in bending and torsion — especially bending — due to very large sills. In fact, its new front-wheel-drive architecture and the three-box vehicle design contribute to a body that is 2.5 times stiffer in twist and 1.5 times stiffer in bending than the previous generation convertible
The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible features MyGIG™, a cutting-edge information, entertainment and safety navigation audio system that features a 6.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Display with a touch-screen panel that can support 65,000 colors, providing a three-dimensional appearance to graphics and animation, as well as multiple font sizes and styles.
The MyGIG system follows voice-activated commands and includes many new features for music, sound, movies and personalized picture displays, including a 20 gigabyte hard disc drive, Universal Serial Bus (USB) for both MP3 connectivity and downloading of WMA, MP3 and JPEG files and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, which provides customers with more than 125 channels of the best music,