Chrysler Cirrus

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1995-1998 Chrysler Cirrus

The Chrysler Cirrus wis a mid-size 4-door sedan, introduced for the 1995 model year as direct replacement for the agin Chrysler LeBaron sedan. Based on the new midsize JA platform, the Cirrus wis sold in the Unitit States, Canadae, Mexico, an Brazil for the 1995-2000 model years; but DaimlerChrysler (nou Chrysler) sold the Cirrus in Mexico till the 2010 model year.

Design backgrund[eedit | eedit soorce]

The production Chrysler Cirrus wis based on the 1992 concept caur o the same name which debuted at the 1992 North American Internaitional Auto Show[1]. Development o the Cirrus startit in 1991, wi the goal tae create a caur that wis expressive lookin an fun tae drive, yet safe enough tae transport an iveryday family[2].

The original concept featured rear suicide doors an a 400 hp turbocharged 3.0-liter twa stroke ingine[2]. Baith the concept an eventual production model uised the Chrysler Corporation's new cab-forward design, which wis launched on the lairger LH sedans in 1993. Cab-forward design wis characterized bi the lang, dramatically slantit windshield, an short owerhangs. The wheels wur pusht further tae the corners o the vehicle, which creatit a much lairger passenger cabin than maist ither similarly sized vehicles o that time.

The Cirrus wis designed wi flowin lines wi nae distinct beginnin or end. This wis done tae eliminate the common three-box design, which wis characterized bi distinct breaks atween the ingine, passenger, an trunk compairtments[3].

1995–2000[eedit | eedit soorce]

The production Chrysler Cirrus wis introduced alangside the similar Dodge Stratus for the 1995 model year. A third JA variant, the Plymouth Breeze arrived the follaein year. The JA sedans wur kent collectively as the "Cloud Caurs" because their names which referenced meteorological terms (cirrus, breeze, stratus).

The Cirrus wis originally available in twa trim levels: the well-equipped base LX an the luxury LXi. Baith models featured sporty, black twin-post side mirrors, fog lichts, the same body-side moldins, chrome bumper accents, an a law extendin waterfall grille that wis either chrome or body colored dependin on color o the vehicle. The Cirrus wis ane o the first Chryslers tae feature the rose medallion logo, which haed no been uised in 41 years[4].

Trim levels[eedit | eedit soorce]

1999-2000 Chrysler Cirrus LXi

From 1995 to 1997, the Cirrus wis affered in twa trim levels: the entry-level LX an the luxury LXi. The LX model wis dropt for the 1998 model year, but returned in 2000 tae compensate for the Plymouth Breeze which wis discontinued early in the 2000 model year.

  • LX • 1995–1997; 2000
  • LXi • 1995–2000

Ingines[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 2.4 L I4
  • 2.5 L V6

Model year changes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 1995: The all-new Chrysler Cirrus sedan is launched in the Unitit States an Canadae.
  • 1996: This year, a new DOHC 4-cylinder ingine wis available for 1996. The Chrysler-built 2.4 L 4-cylinder which produced 150 hp (112 kW)
wis standard in the LX, an wis ae available wi a 4-speed automatic transmission as wi the V6-pouered Cirrus. The V6 wis optional on LX models. Rear headrests were added this year.
  • 1997: The 4-cylinder ingine wis made standard in baith models, wi the V6 as an option. The interior gained a new center console wi a storage compairtment an integratit armrest.
  • 1998: The 4-cylinder ingine an the LX trim level wur eliminatit, leavin ae V6 LXi models.
  • 1999: For its fift model year, the Cirrus received a redesigned open grille wi Chrysler's new winged grille badge. Chrysler's Sentry Key system wis a new option. Sentry Key disabled the ignition unless the proper key wis insertit. Standard 15-inch (380 mm) wheel covers coud be upgradit tae new 15-inch (380 mm) alloy wheels. Cirrus wis the ae ane o the JA "cloud caurs" tae receive ony form o facelift ower the course o its production.
  • 2000: For its final model year, the 4-cylinder LX model returned tae join the V6-pouered LXi sedan. Previously optional rear child seat anchorages, aluminum wheels, an an 8-speaker AM/FM cassette stereo wur nou leetit as standard features. Last year o production; aw mid-size Chryslers (redesigned for 2001) woud carry the Sebring name beginnin in 2001.

Accolades[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Cirrus wis Motor Trend magazine's Caur o the Year for 1995 an on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best leet for 1996 an 1997.

Replacement[eedit | eedit soorce]

The replacement for the Cirrus wis the 2001 Chrysler Sebring sedan, built on an updatit version o the JA platform kent as the JR. The base model for new Sebring sedan an aa served as replacement for the Plymouth Breeze. It is interestin tae note that the 2001 Sebring sedan, Chrysler's midsize sedan an coupe/convertible shared the same name. This wis an aa true for the Cirrus' predecessor, the LeBaron, which wis sold in a sedan version an a coupe/convertible version.

Cirrus in Mexico[eedit | eedit soorce]

The first generation Cirrus wis sold in Mexico wi a turbocharged version o the 2.4 L DOHC I4 ingine an a 4-speed automatic transmission wi AutoStick. The Cirrus' ingine wis ratit at 168 hp (125 kW) at 5200 rpm an 216 lb·ft (293 N·m) torque at 2200 rpm.

When the Cloud Caurs wur redesigned, the Cirrus name wis dropt in the U.S., (the Chrysler Sebring sedan wis its replacement) but in Mexico the name continued (Sebring wis awready registered for a product name there, and Chrysler's uisage woud constitute trademark infringement.)

Trim levels on the 2001 versions wur LX an LXi for the sedan, the convertible wis available in ane trim level ae. Aw versions wur equipt wi automatic transmissions.

The seicont generation Mexican Cirrus comes in twa versions: a sedan wi Chrysler's turbocharged 2.4 L DOHC ingine, an a convertible wi the Mitsubishi 2.5 L V6. The turbocharged 2.4 L ingine received a pouer upgrade tae 215 hp (160 kW) in 2001.

In March 2004, pouer wis increased tae 225 hp (168 kW) at 5200 rpm an 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) o torque at 4200 rpm. Cirrus models wi this ingine are identified wi a "High Output" badge on the back o the vehicle.

In Mexico the current Chrysler Sebring sedan wis still sold as the Cirrus till the 2010 model year, when the Chrysler 200 replaces baith the Sebring/Cirrus nameplates for the 2011 model year.

The third generation Cirrus sedan wis released in 2007. There are three ingines available: a 2.4 L DOHC I4 ingine producin 172 hp (128 kW)

 at 6000 rpm, a 2.7L V-6 wi 189 hp (141 kW) or a 3.5 L V6 ingine producin 232 hp (173 kW)
at 6400 rpm. It is available in base, Touring, an Limited trims (the same as the 2007 U.S. an Canadian-specification versions).

The convertible continues, wi same trim levels as the sedan version.

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