The Second Generation: 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
As it waits for a new chassis, the PT Cruiser will be updated for 2006 with new front and rear sheet metal, a new front grille with the Chrysler winged badge and chrome accents, new headlamps and fog lamps, and a body-color spoiler on the liftgate. Horsepower has been increased on the high output turbo, now rated at 230 horsepower (171.5 kW) and 245 lb.-ft. (332 Nm) of torque; in addition to higher numbers on paper, the engine produces power over a broader range and has several reliability enhancements.
The interior has been redesigned, with new seat trims and fabric choices, a new instrument panel with larger gauges, rotating air vents, and a Chrysler signature analog clock which makes the interior more elegant. A major improvement is the white-faced gauges, which provide better visibility than the original faces, which were sometimes hard to read.
The radio is mounted higher in the center stack, and a passenger grab handle has been added to the right side of the instrument panel to make it easier for passengers to get in and out of the vehicle. The glove box capacity is increased, and the door has a dampened movement.
We think the new clock will go over well, as will the new trip computer. However, many may be less enthusiastic about the looser center stack look, the new corporate stereo, and, perhaps most of all, the loss of the “teardrop” headlights and the round-on-one-end, square-on-the-other gauge bezel.
The air vents are an interesting choice; the original vents were praised for their design, which allowed easy direction of air via a center knob. The system actually worked better than most conventional vents. It remains to be seen whether the new, more conventional system will work better or merely be cheaper to make.
A new center console with a sliding armrest and covered storage space replaces the previous seat-mounted armrests and front passenger seat storage bin for the 2006 model year. This console includes a covered tray for concealing small items, a deep storage bin that holds six CDs, an available battery-fed power outlet for cell-phone charging, a new coin holder and two fold-out cup holders for rear-seat occupants. Front cup holders on the Limited and GT models get bright accents.
New radio options for 2006 include a Boston Acoustics® premium sound system that features six speakers and a subwoofer, as well as a 368-watt amplifier. Rear door speakers improve bass response. Also new for the 2006 model year, all Chrysler PT Cruiser models get MP3 play capability.
New convenience features for the Chrysler PT Cruiser in the 2006 model year include standard power locks on all models, courtesy map lamps, and an available six-way power adjustable driver seat with manual lumbar adjuster. Rear window switches are higher on the back of the center console for easier access. Also available on the 2006 PT Cruiser is a new Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), which adds functionality by allowing owners to customize and easily adjust their personal settings. Settings on the new EVIC include compass and temperature display, audio information, fuel economy, distance to empty and elapsed time.
Not all of the changes to the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser can be seen.
“In addition to the exterior and interior changes and the boost of power, the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser offers an overall quieter driving experience because of the many reductions we’ve made in road, wind and powertrain noise,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President—Front-Wheel-Drive Product Team. “Customers won’t necessarily see these improvements listed in a dealer brochure, but they will hear the difference when they get behind the wheel. The interior of the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser is up to five decibels quieter, depending on driving conditions.” The acoustic package includes improved sealing around the doors, windows, rear floor pan and reverberant cavity area, the vent system, and increased sound absorption in the trim panels and dashboard. Wind noise has also been reduced by the use of redesigned inner belt seals in the door and added foam in the A-pillar.
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser (base model)
New standard features on the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser include sport contour bucket seats with new Bauhaus feature fabric, vinyl door trim bolsters, an AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 input jack, chrome grille accents, speed-sensitive power locks, a console with sliding armrest and storage, a body-color strip spoiler on the liftgate, analog clock, and rear door speakers. Additional standard features include Sentry Key engine immobilizer, power windows with auto-down function on both front windows, a 65/35 fold/tumble/removable rear seat, 15-inch wheels with bolt-on wheel covers and floor mats. New options include SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a free first-year subscription.
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring model
New standard features on the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring model include an Electronic Vehicle Information Center, illuminated visor mirrors, courtesy map lamps, power outlets in the console and rear cargo area, and interior assist handles. Additional standard features over the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser model include air conditioning, a fold-flat passenger seat, power mirrors, remote keyless entry with illuminated entry, body color bodyside moldings, a shelf panel for the cargo area and a security alarm.
A Boston Acoustics premium audio system, which features a 368-watt amplifier and rear subwoofer, is a new optional feature on the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring. Additional options include an automatic transaxle, side air bags, disc/drum anti-lock brakes, speed control, an AM/FM radio with six-disc CD changer with MP3 play capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a free first-year subscription, sunscreen glass and power moon roof with sliding sun shade.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited gets a new six-way power driver’s seat as standard equipment for 2006. In addition to the features on the Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring model, standard features on the Limited model include sport cloth seats with new Alias feature fabric, driver manual lumbar adjuster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HomeLink® universal garage door opener, side air bags, 16-inch aluminum wheels with a new nine-spoke design, fog lamps, chrome exhaust tip, speed control, bright cup holder surround rings, sunscreen glass, power moon roof with sliding sunshade and a touring suspension.
The Boston Acoustics premium sound system with a 368-watt amplifier and rear subwoofer is a new option on the Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited for the 2006 model year. Additional options on the Limited model include a 180-horsepower turbo engine, automatic transaxle, anti-lock brakes, heated seats, six-disc CD player with MP3-play capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a free first-year subscription, UConnect hands-free communication system that includes auto day/night rearview mirror, a liftgate spoiler and a Chrome Accents Group, which includes 16-inch chrome-clad wheels with a new nine-spoke design, chrome fuel door, chrome bodyside moldings, chrome door lock knobs, scuff plates with bright accents and a Chrysler winged badge.
An upgraded Limited package also is available on the 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited model, which includes a 180-horsepower (134 kW) turbo engine that produces 210 lb.-ft. (255 N•m) of torque with automatic transaxle, leather-trimmed interior with suede-like inserts on the seats, four-wheel disc brakes with low-speed traction control and many of the Chrome Accents Group elements.
PT Cruiser GT / GT Cruiser
The High-Output Turbo engine that powers the Chrysler PT Cruiser GT gets a boost for the 2006 model year, rated at 230 horsepower (171.5 kW) and 245 lb.-ft. (332 N•m) of torque. It comes with a standard five-speed Getrag heavy-duty manual transaxle and a sport-tuned suspension.
Standard features on the Chrysler PT Cruiser GT include a new six-way power driver’s seat, two-tone sport leather seats, a liftgate spoiler, 17-inch chrome-clad wheels with a new 15-spoke design, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and low-speed traction control, 140 mile-per-hour speedometer, a large chrome exhaust tip, bright pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel with Satin Silver spokes, AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 input jack, Satin Silver shift knob and a unique instrument panel center stack bezel with a Mini-Carbon technical design.
Optional equipment includes a new Boston Acoustics premium sound system, automatic transaxle with AutoStick®, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and MP3 play capability, heated seats, UConnect hands-free communication system, which includes an auto day/night rearview mirror, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a free first-year subscription and Chrome Accents Package.
Marine Blue Pearl Coat and Magnesium Pearl Coat are new exterior colors on the PT Cruiser for 2006, joining Electric Blue Pearl Coat, Linen Gold Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black and Cool Vanilla Clear Coat. New interior colors include Pastel Slate Gray and Pastel Pebble Beige.
PT Cruiser Convertible
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