Introduced during the 1995 model year, the Chrysler Cirrus was bold, new shape for American-branded mid-size cars. Part of a trio of brand-new mid-sized vehicle line, the 1995 Cirrus name was derived from meteorological terms (Sister Chrysler products were the Plymouth Breeze and Dodge Stratus).
The 1995 Chrysler Cirrus was launched as an upscale but affordable four-door sedan. Originally offered with a four-cylinder base engine, a 2.5-liter V-6 engine was included on all models of the 1998 Cirrus. Generating 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the engine worked in concert with a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
Fuel economy for the 1998 Cirrus was rated at 19 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway. The Available only as an LXi trimmed sedan, the 1998 Chrysler Cirrus came with standard 15-inch aluminum wheels, anti-lock braking system, power windows, keyless entry and an AM/FM stereo unit with CD player.
For 1999, the Cirrus front grille was redesigned to feature the new winged Chrysler badge. After a two-year absence, a four-cylinder-powered Chrysler Cirrus was reintroduced in 2000. A 132-horsepower 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine found on the 2000 Cirrus LX came with the choice of an automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox.
The smaller powerplant allowed to Chrysler Cirrus LX to achieve fuel efficiency of over 31 miles per gallon through combined city and highway driving. The Cirrus name was dropped after the 2000 model year in favor of the Sebring sedan.