Chrysler has launched a new 2.4-litre petrol engine to replace the 2.0-litre petrol engine in the PT Cruiser, and added a cabriolet and a sportier GT special edition to the PT Cruiser line-up for 2005.
Chrysler UK will bring up to 100 left-hand drive 2.4-litre PT Cruiser Cabrio into the UK during the year, and with its cool good looks, spacious four-seater cabin and high levels of standard equipment, the new PT Cabrio promises to be a different kind of convertible.
The special edition GT is based on the 2.4-litre Touring and adds a body coloured rear roof mounted spoiler, sports suspension and 17 inch GT alloy wheels.
The new 2.4-litre petrol engine is a normally aspirated engine and EU4 emissions compliant. It produces 143 bhp and 158 lb ft of torque compared to the 134 bhp and 139 lb ft of torque of the outgoing 2.0-litre engine and takes the PT Cruiser to a top speed of 121 mph and 0-62 mph in 10.6 seconds.
Simon Elliott, Managing Director for Chrysler Group in the UK, said: "The PT Cruiser is still unlike any other vehicle on the road. It’s a spacious family car wrapped in an innovative, fun and distinctly American design. For 2005 the PT Cruiser maintains and builds upon Chrysler’s strong reputation for delivering high specs for low cheques - there are no price changes for 2005, with the new 2.4-litre engine costing exactly the same as the outgoing 2.0-litre unit.
"The new Chrysler Cabrio retains many of the unique styling elements of the original PT Cruiser, while the designers have put an immense amount of thought into making this one of the quietest soft-tops around. The Cabrio develops the outspoken retro design theme of the original PT even further, to create a very practical yet distinctive vehicle."
The PT Cruiser Cabrio Limited features an all-new body structure that combines extra-large doors and a fully lined, electrically-folding cabrio roof. The full-leather, customised two-tone interior has a tip-and-slide front passenger seat for easy access to the individually styled twin rear seats. These seats can be split 50/50, and folded and tumbled to greatly extend boot space.
Available from December 2004, prices start at £12,995 for the Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic, £14,520 for the Touring and £16,020 for the top-of-the-range Limited. The special edition 2.4-litre petrol GT model, which comes with a manual gearbox only, costs just £14,995.
The left-hand drive cabriolet, with five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, will be available from March 2005 priced at £17,495 for the manual and £18,295 for the automatic gearbox.Published 1 November 2004