Right-hand drive versions of the fully redesigned Sebring sedan reach the UK next June with a choice of two petrol and one diesel engines – all inline fours – and high specifications, Chrysler UK confirmed on Thursday.

The Sebring sedan has not previously been sold in the UK as it was never built with right-hand drive, although one batch of 30 LHD convertibles – the rental car of choice for thousands of Brits visiting Florida on holiday – was imported several years ago. The previous Sebring line was sold in Europe, though.

Peter Lambert, managing director of Chrysler Group UK said: “The Sebring is Chrysler’s first offering in the mid-size family car segment, currently dominated by cars like the Ford Mondeo and Honda Accord.

“The Sebring combines an eye-catching design with high levels of safety and reliability, great performance and excellent fuel efficiency and is priced around 10% less than the competition” [from GBP17,995 ($US35,600)].

The Sebring will be sold in the UK only with top ‘Limited’ trim. The two-litre petrol engine with five speed manual gearbox produces 154bhp and 140lb-ft of torque and a claimed 36.2 mpg on the EC combined test cycle. The 2.4-litre petrol engine with automatic gearbox generates 167bhp and 162lb-ft.

The Volkswagen-sourced two-litre turbodiesel achieves a claimed 45.6 mpg and develops 138bhp and 229lb-ft from just 1750 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine.

Lambert added: “Chrysler Sebring includes a host of new technology and features, ranging from a cutting-edge information, entertainment and communication navigation audio system with a 20Gb hard drive to a heated and cooled front cupholder.

“Air conditioning, air filtering, heated leather-trimmed seats and a long list of safety systems including ESP and side-curtain airbags all as standard means the Sebring will appeal to the pocket as well as the eye.”