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Face-lift for Chrysler PT Cruiser

21 November 2005

  • New styling for hatch and cabriolet models
  • Current diesel replaced by 2.2-litre, 150bhp unit
  • Special edition available from £15,440

Face-lifted Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler has given its PT Cruiser a makeover and has replaced the hatchback's diesel with a more powerful and efficient engine.

Both the hatch and cabriolet receive restyled looks, which include a new grille, bumpers, headlights and fog lamps. A body-coloured spoiler is added to the roof of the hatch, while both cars get an updated interior.

The old 119bhp diesel is replaced by a 2.2-litre 150bhp motor, although the starting price only rises by £5 to £14,225. The new diesel is more economical and cheaper for a company car driver, but has a slightly slower top speed.

The 2.4-litre 143bhp petrol engine is carried over unchanged and continues to cost from £12,995.

To mark the arrival of the face-lifted car, Chrysler is offering a special edition Route 66 hatchback with lowered, stiffer suspension, larger rear spoiler, chrome exhaust, and body-coloured grille. Available in black or bright yellow, the Route 66 costs from £15,440 in petrol form, or £16,640 if you want a diesel.

• Right-hand drive versions of the PT Cruiser cabriolet will arrive in the UK next March with the 2.4-litre petrol engine. Prices are yet to be announced for the car, which has, until now, only be available in left-hand drive.

Chrysler PT Cruiser diesel (figures for outgoing engine in brackets)
Engine 2.2-litre CRD turbodiesel
0-62mph 10.8sec (12.1sec)
Top speed 113mph (114mph)
Monthly company car tax bill for lower-/higher-rate earner From £64/£117 (from £69/£126)
Combined economy 47.2mpg (40.9mpg)