2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser | new car review

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by

If ever there was a car that defines ‘cool’ then it has to be the PT Cruiser. Laid back hot rod styling, an absolutely throwback to the swinging 1960s and one of the cutest behinds in the automotive world have all contributed to a, well, ‘cool’ car. Restyled on the outside and sporting the “face of ”, the charismatic PT Cruiser gets an all-new interior for 2006.

NOTE: Chrysler has stopped selling the  PT Cruiser in Middle East from 2008 onwardsExterior enhancements include smoother front and rear fascias – including a distinctive front grille with chrome accents and the Chrysler winged badge – and re-styled headlamps that feature a scallop along the bottom edge, plus fresh-look circular front fog lamps. A new discrete body-colour spoiler on the ’s tailgate roof reduces drag and improves aerodynamics.The 2007 models receive an all-new interior, to add refinement to the well-known versatility and interior space of the vehicle. This interior includes new seat trim and fabric. The new three-dial instrument panel has larger, more visible graphics, and is colour-coded to the exterior paintwork (with the exception of black which has silver paneling) while the dashboard features a total of four new flush shut-off circular air vents and a round analogue clock.The is extremely versatile. Its tall profile contributes to its command-of-the-road seating and flexible interior space. The interior can be arranged in 32 different seating configurations and the versatility continues to expand when the rear shelf panel is included in the count.

The front-wheel-drive hatchback is powered by a normally aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine, producing a healthy 145 bhp at 5, 200 rpm and 310Nm of torque at 4,150 rpm. With a cast-iron block and aluminium cylinder head, this 2,429 cc twin-overhead camshaft, 16-valve engine is fitted with sequential multi-point fuel injection and dual vibration reducing, counter-rotating balancer shafts. It is available with a choice of five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission featuring driver-adaptive shift logic, Full Automatic or AutoStick manual gear selection and a lock-up torque converter.

Safety issues figured extremely highly on Chrysler’s priorities for PT Cruiser – so that while the car may have the appearance of a throwback to American cars of the past, it combines this image with very high modern-day safety standards. The PT Cruiser also has five three-point seat belts and its next-generation driver and front passenger airbags are supplemented by side airbags.

Technical Specifications 
Engine Size2.4 liter
Power145bhp
Maximum Torque220Nm
Transmission5-speed  manual/4-speed automatic
Body typeHatchback

 

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