(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
The roof came down at Detroit's Cobo Hall as the Chrysler Group revealed
the new 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible at the North American
International Auto Show Tuesday. The 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Convertible continues the phenomenon begun with the introduction of the
2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser sedan, but at a level cooler than a breeze
through your hair and at a price to warm the heart.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2005 Chrysler
PT Cruiser Convertible will begin at $19,995 (including $590
Sunshine Above With Quiet Space to Enjoy It
With its distinct combination of
heritage-inspired styling, one-of-a-kind versatility, best-in-class
roominess and unmatched comfort, the new Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
represents a unique offering to the convertible customer. With 84.3
cu.-ft. of space and 13.3 cu.-ft. of pass-through luggage volume, the PT
Cruiser Convertible offers more interior cargo volume than its
“Our engineers wanted to make the PT Cruiser Convertible a convertible
that you can actually do things with," said Larry Lyons, Vice
President-Small Vehicle Product Team Engineering. "Nine different seat
configurations and a pass-through trunk opening with enough room to
store two golf bags make the car more versatile than its competitors."
Added to that is a new level of comfort for convertible passengers. At
more than 40 cubic inches, the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible features
almost 10 inches more rear leg room than other competitors in its class.
The PT Cruiser Convertible also has the same rear seat height as the
sedan, for "open air" rear theater seating.
In addition to offering best-in-class rear leg room and pass-through
cargo space, the PT Cruiser Convertible is also one of the quietest
convertibles, based on driving experience.
"The combination of the sport bar design and position, together with
enhancements to the body structure results in an exceptionally quiet
ride," said Lyons. "While on-the-road experience is what ultimately
matters, we performed extensive wind tunnel testing to assure our
customers a quiet ride, top up or top down."
Three Levels of
The newest, most useful convertible in
the U. S. market is available in Standard, Touring and GT models.
The standard PT Cruiser Convertible includes a standard 150-horsepower
2.4-liter engine with a manual transaxle. Also included as standard
equipment are loads of features not usually found in convertibles at
this price, such as a power convertible soft top, sport bar with
integrated dome lamps, solar-tinted “Smart” glass, rear glass window
with electric defroster, cloth sport seats with driver manual lumbar
adjuster, rear 50/50 split-fold and tumble seats, pass-through cargo
area, power exterior mirrors, touring-tuned suspension and body-color
fascias and body side moldings.
With an MSRP of $22,900 (excluding $590 destination), the Touring model
Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible features a standard 150-horsepower
engine with a manual transaxle and an optional 180-horsepower 2.4-liter
turbocharged engine with automatic transaxle. All the standard model
features are included as well, with the addition of a convertible top
boot, 16-inch painted cast aluminum wheels, speed control, security
alarm, fog lights, floor mats and an AM/FM stereo with CD player.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible GT model includes a standard High
Output 220-horsepower turbocharged engine with a five-speed Getrag
manual transaxle, plus all of the Touring model standard equipment.
Other key GT model standard features include a performance-tuned
suspension with ABS four-wheel disc brakes, low-speed traction control,
chrome-accented grille and fascia, 17-inch Empire painted cast aluminum
wheels, all-season performance tires, a 2.75-inch chrome-plated
stainless steel exhaust tip, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather
seats, driver seat power height adjuster, unique silver painted shifter
knob, "GT" embroidered floor mats, side air bags, an AM/FM stereo with
CD and cassette player and driver and front passenger side air bags.
MSRP for the GT model PT Cruiser Convertible is $27,565 (excluding $590
The Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio also will be sold outside North America
as Limited and GT models. Pricing for these markets will be announced at
a later date.
The new PT Cruiser Convertible will
redefine the convertible segment in much the same way the original
Chrysler PT Cruiser defied fitting into an automotive pigeonhole. The
Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible will draw from the entire convertible
segment in addition to appealing to those who may not have considered a
“Because features like best-in-class rear leg room, a quiet ride and
more pass-through cargo space will appeal to convertible customers no
matter where they fall in the segment, we anticipate that the Chrysler
PT Cruiser will prove an attractive alternative to the competition,”
said Jeff Bell, Vice-President-Chrysler/Jeep® Marketing.
Drop-top customization is a trend long
familiar to the Chrysler Group and the Chrysler brand. Chrysler sold
almost 44,000 Chrysler Sebring Convertibles in 2002 and enjoyed a
14.5-percent share of the convertible market, the highest of any
nameplate. Chrysler Sebring Convertible is America's best-selling
The new PT Cruiser Convertible continues DaimlerChrysler’s tradition of
offering customers convertible “firsts.” Others include the first
automatic convertible top from Plymouth in 1939 and the first U.S.
introduction of a convertible after the sales lull in the ‘70s with the
1982 Le Baron Convertible.
2005 Chrysler PT
Cruiser Convertible Production
Production of the Chrysler PT Cruiser
Convertible begins in early 2004 at DaimlerChrysler’s Toluca (Mexico)