The J Body Chrysler Lebaron Coupe and Convertible debuted in 1987; filling the spot left by the cancellation of the Chrysler Laser and the directly K car based Lebaron sedan/coupe convertible. The cars were K based as well; but couldn't really be confused with their predecessors.
The design was quite unlike anything else offered by Chrysler at the time; indeed even today they turn heads.
Engine choices were plenty; a 2.5L N/A (naturally aspirated) four was standard through 1993. Also available at various times were a 2.2L Turbo 4, two versions of a 2.5L Turbo 4, and a Mitsubishi built 3.0L V6. The V6 was generally available with an automatic, though there are some reports of a 3.0\5spd.
The interior would look very familiar to the Chrysler Laser fan; as it was virtually the same; especially the dashboard which was identical except for minor trim changes.
The 1994 model saw some streamlining as the Lebaron neared the end of it's model run; not only was the coupe gone; but so was the overmatched 2.5L four and the powerful but course Turbo 2.5L; leaving only the Mitsu 3.0 V6. This is the first year that a Turbo is unavailable. A passenger side airbag is added. There is only one trim level; fully loaded. The Lebaron is still one of the best selling convertibles around.
1995 saw the last year for the Lebaron. Changes are confined to a few color variations.