Meet the Euro Chrysler 200 – the Lancia Flavia

The Fiat-Chrysler alliance decided for a plan swap in regards to the market introduction of the Chrysler 200’s European market release.

Instead of going for the full-setup the Italians decided to offer the cream of choices, a convertible called the Lancia Flavia, which is the open top version of the Chrysler 200.

Lancia Flavia Convertible

Lancia Flavia Convertible

They’ll be releasing it completely at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month and while there’s a bit of heritage and history issues with Lancia, there’s something very important to know here.

The original plan would have seen Fiat put out a Chrysler 200 range in Europe under the Lancia brand but after the businessman discussion took place they changed their mind.

Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler 200 Convertible

A solid business case could not be made for the sedan or possible estate version since the cost of adding a diesel engine wouldn’t have made much sense.

But for the convertible there’s no such needed powerplant. The Lancia Flavia, previously known as the Chrysler 200 Convertible will be animated by a 2.4 liter gasoline powered four cylinder engine.

Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler 200 Convertible

It’s a powerplant that generates 175 horses and since it comes with a lovely six speed automatic transmission, a pretty face and a bit of exclusivity we may be talking about one hell of a boulevard cruiser.

Too bad it had to be badged as Lancia Flavia. It’s not that big a problem to try and save the brand but this is almost murderous to its heritage.

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