CHRYSLER PT Cruiser Convertible
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Chrysler introduced a mid-life cycle refresh for the PT Cruiser and the PT Cruiser Convertible in 2006.
It was a bad time for the worldwide car industry, but no one knew that, yet, in 2006 when the facelift was introduced to the market. Those were times for blooming. The global economy looked well, but everything crashed in 2007, along with the world financial crisis that brought more carmakers to the brink of bankruptcy, and car models were wiped out from the assembly lines.
The facelifted version of the PT Cruiser convertible sported a new front fascia design with a double-arched lower line for the headlights. It resembled the same cues as some Mercedes-Benz models. In those times, worth mention it, it was Daimler-Chrysler, a marriage that lasted less than anyone imagined. Its wider fenders, both front, and rear were kept since they made a good impression on the market thanks to the vehicle’s overall retro-design look.
Inside, the three-dials design sported two gauges on the left, the speedometer in the middle, and the tachometer on the right. Depending on the option, the PT Cruiser Convertible featured a radio-cassette player or a CD-Player sold as a premium sound system. The design team couldn’t find a better solution for the rag-top when it was retracted, and it was still left behind the rear seats, exposed to the air.
Depending on the market, Chrysler offered the PT Cruiser with a choice of gasoline or diesel engines. The European customers preferred the latter. For the U.S. market, the carmaker provided a 2.4-liter inline-four engine with or without a turbocharger.
Initially introduced as a 5-door station wagon model, the Personal Transportation (PT) Cruiser received two new versions in 2004: 2-door and 4-door convertible.
The car was initially intended to be marketed as a Plymouth model but, due to the North American brand closing production in the early ‘2000s, the PT Cruiser received the Chrysler designation. Both the station wagon and the convertible versions received some important updates in 2006, including a redesigned front fascia, new taillights and revised interior. Several Special Editions of the Chrysler PT Cruiser were launched in the following years.