Chrysler LeBaron - 1987–1995 Coupé/convertible

1987–1995 Coupé/convertible

Third generation (coupe/convertible)
Also called Chrysler Phantom (Mexico)
Production 1987–1995
Assembly Newark, Delaware, United States
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Toluca, Mexico
Class Personal luxury
Body style 2-door convertible
2-door coupe (produced until 1993)
Layout FF layout
Platform J-body
Engine 2.2 L Turbo I I4
2.2 L Turbo II I4
2.2 L Turbo III (only for Mexican market) I4
2.5 L K I4
2.5 L Turbo I4
3.0 L Mitsubishi 6G72 V6
Transmission 2.2 and 2.5 L engines

5-speed Getrag A520 manual
5-speed Getrag A523 manual
3-speed A413 automatic

3.0 L V6 engine

5-speed Getrag A543 manual
5-speed Getrag A555 manual
5-speed Getrag ass. A568 manual
3-speed A670 automatic
4-speed A604 automatic
Wheelbase 100.5 in (2,553 mm) (1992–95 coupe)
100.6 in (2,555 mm) (1992–95 convertible)
100.3 in (2,548 mm) (1987–1991 coupe)
100.4 in (2,550 mm) (1987–1991 convertible)
Length 184.8 in (4,694 mm)
Width 69.2 in (1,758 mm) (1992–95)
68.5 in (1,740 mm) (1987–1991)
Height 51.2 in (1,300 mm) (1992–95)
50.9 in (1,293 mm) (1987–1991)

After discontinuing the first generation LeBaron coupé and convertible in 1986, Chrysler released a new LeBaron in 1987, built on the J platform (a K platform derivative) and available as a coupé or convertible. The all-new LeBaron looked modern and aerodynamic compared to its boxy predecessor. It featured headlights hidden behind retractable metal covers, a waterfall grille, steeply raked windshield, full-width taillight lenses (though only the edges actually lit up), and curved (Coke bottle) style rocker panels. In Mexico, these models were marketed as the Chrysler Phantom.

Available engines were the stock 2.2 liter and 2.5 liter, naturally aspirated or turbocharged, and for the 1990 model year a 3.0 liter Mitsubishi V6 became available, although the Mexican Chrysler Phantom R/T DOHC 16V also offered the same 2.2 liter turbo engine as used in the US market Dodge Spirit R/T.

The LeBaron was equipped with a trip & fuel economy computer and full instrumentation. For 1990, the LeBaron's interior was refreshed, featuring an all new dashboard, gauge cluster, door panels, and center console design. All of the new components were designed to be smoother and more flowing than the comparatively blocky 1987-89 interior style, making it more in tune with the "aero" revolution of the early 1990s.

1992 LeBaron coupes and convertibles could be ordered with a new "sport package", which featured a monochrome appearance including body-colored grille, accent stripe, and decklid logo. The package also included 14-inch "lace" style wheelcovers and a black strip below the taillights in place of chrome, with special blacked-out window moldings on coupe models.

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