We were expecting to see a convertible version of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring here today at the LA Auto Show; what surprised us was the kind of drop-top that was unveiled. In additon to a soft-top convertible, Chrysler showed off the 2008 Sebring with a power-retractable hard top, following the recent trend among automakers to offer an alternative to tradional ragtops.
Like that of the Volvo C70 that we reviewed recently, the Sebring's roof folds away in an elaborate process of interleaving panels, with the whole process taking less than 30 seconds from start to finish. Chrysler claims that the car will be able to fit two golf bags (the perennial unit of volume measurement for automakers) in the trunk when the top is down.
As well as the power roof (which can be activated from a switch in the cabin or with the car's key fob), the 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible comes with a wealth of tech features including Chrysler's MyGig system, which gives drivers a built-in 20GB hard drive for storing audio and visual media files and navigation information. The system downloads files either by ripping discs or via an integrated USB 2.0 port in the head unit. MyGig also provides the car with real-time traffic navigation, which is delivered via Sirius Satellite Radio.