Chrysler has begun selling the convertible version of its retro-styled, hot rod-inspired PT Cruiser in New Zealand.
PT Cruiser Cabrio prices start from $44,900. Standard features include leather upholstery, chromed alloy wheels, traction control and an electrically-operated softtop that folds or raises in 10 seconds.
The two-door Cabrio was designed from the outset as a convertible. Chrysler says that in comparison with a sedan turned into a softtop, designing the car asa Cabrio from the outset has improved the quality of fit and finish. It also ensured a rigid body structure and a high level of stability, ride and handling.
With the hood up, the Cabrio has a 62mm lower roffline than the five-door Cruiser.
With the hood down, the car will seat four adults in comfort and the boot will hold two sets of golf clubs.
The seats can be arranged in 10 different configurations, increasing the car's practicality.
The body, windscreen and B-pillar roll-over bar have been optimised to smooth airflow and reduce buffeting and noise. The Cabrio was one of the first new models to benefit from development in the aero-acoustic wind tunnel at Chrysler Group headquarters near Detroit, USA.
The hood is made from three separate layers of fabric and is extremely taut when closed. Gaps between glass and fabric are minimal, reducing wind noise. The three-layer hood provides good insulation even in bitter winter weather. Cabin comfort is enhanced by air-conditioning and heated front seats.
When a door is opened, the frameless, electrically-operated, windows lower 10mm so that they don’t get caught on the hood or rubber seal when closing (the windows raise automatically when the door is shut). The windows in the rear are also power operated and disappear completely into the body when lowered. All door and quarter window glass is 25 percent thicker than in the standard PT Cruiser to compensate for the lack of frames.
The Cabrio shares the sedan's including new front end and rear stying and a significantly upgraded interior with all-new instrument panel, centre console and improved seating. The premium sound system has six speakers and a 368-Watt amplifier, and is now MP3 compatible.
An Electronic Vehicle Information Centre delivers data including outside temperature and fuel economy
Both door-mounted mirrors can be electrically folded to the body when parking in tight spots.
The low-speed traction control works in conjunction with the standard ABS anti-lock braking to avoid wheel-spinning at speeds under 56km/h.
The engine is a 2.4-litre, DOHC, 16-valve four-cylinder that drives the frontr wheels through Chrysler’s Autostick sequential shift automatic gearbox.
The airbag system includes dual front and side airbags, along with dual anti-intrusion beams in the doors.