August 31, 2009 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The new 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic combines the iconic heritage-styled design, efficient passenger cabin space, fuel-efficient four-cylinder powertrain and industry-leading quality in a new model loaded with legendary value.

In commemorating nearly a decade of the PT “Personal Transportation” Cruiser’s timeless design, the new Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic embodies the romance of American automotive heritage, styling and versatility that made PT Cruiser an instant hit.

Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic’s unique fenders, roofline and high belt-line proportions recall 1930s and 1940s hot-rod styling — while chrome body-side moldings, door handles, 16-inch wheels and grille highlight PT Cruiser Classic’s high level of detail and style.

Inside the new Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic continues to lead the small-car segment with its combination of style, craftsmanship and flexibility. Chrome rings highlight the Bright Silver Metallic instrument panel’s three gauges, rotating air vents and Chrysler signature analog clock. A retro proportioned leather-wrapped steering wheel features four spokes with Satin Silver accents and a small center airbag cover for easy viewing of the large gauges. A Satin Silver center stack features conveniently placed climate controls and radio with MP3 input jack, while the center console features a sliding armrest with covered storage.

The PT Cruiser Classic features 32 front- and rear-seat configurations to accommodate any cargo need quickly and conveniently. Command-of-the-road five-passenger seating provides chair-height seating comfort with an elevated second-row for improved visibility and passenger legroom. An available fold-flat front-passenger seat accommodates longer items, such as a ladder or snowboard. PT Cruiser Classic’s 50/50 split-fold rear seats fold-and-tumble to offer quick access for additional room and can be completely removed for up to 62.7 cu. ft. (1.78 cu. m) of cargo space. The tailgate also features a five position shelf panel for additional interior flexibility and utility.

With rising fuel costs attracting consumers to smaller, versatile, more fuel-efficient vehicles, Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic delivers with a time-tested 2.4-liter four-cylinder 16-valve engine that delivers efficiency with spirited performance.

High-quality, craftsmanship, performance and functionality continue to give the award-winning Chrysler PT Cruiser a leg up on the competition. For years, leading consumer magazines and third-party studies have recommended the Chrysler PT Cruiser for its consistently high levels of quality and refinement. In fact, the PT Cruiser tied for first place in J.D. Power’s 2009 Initial Quality Survey (IQS).

Chrysler continues to keep its icon fresh and exciting. The new 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic marked the 15th variation since PT Cruiser’s introduction, following five Dream Cruiser Series vehicles, PT Turbo, Flames, Woodie, Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, the refreshed 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, W.P. Chrysler Signature Series, PT Street Cruiser Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard editions.


New Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic features the best from PT Cruiser at a value price

  • Unmistakable heritage-styled design highlighted with chromed body-side moldings, door handles and grille accents
  • Interior craftsmanship reflected through premium interior features, including satin-finished gauges with chromed rings, premium cloth seats, Satin Silver interior accents and Chrysler’s signature analog clock
  • Standard convenience features including Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), four-wheel Anti-lock disc Brakes (ABS), Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM), fog lamps, cruise control and power windows, mirrors
    and locks
  • AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 input jack and available SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Fuel-efficient four-cylinder 16-valve engine with standard automatic transmission

High-quality, craftsmanship, performance and functionality continue to give the award-winning Chrysler PT Cruiser a leg up on the competition

  • PT Cruiser awarded for its consistently high levels of quality and refinement—tying for first place in J.D. Power’s 2009 Initial Quality Survey (IQS) 
  • Time-tested 2.4-liter engine and automatic transmission

Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to turn heads, collect fans and make history

  • More than 1.3 million PT Cruisers have been sold in more than 60 countries since its introduction
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser offers segment-leading style, versatility and quality
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser is a standout alternative to many small cars
  • Unique styling and performance separate Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic from the competition

Chrysler PT Cruiser Variant Introductions (by calendar year)

  • 1997 – Plymouth Pronto Concept unveiled at NAIAS
  • 1998 – Chrysler Pronto Cruizer (2-door) concept revealed at Geneva motor show
  • 1999 – Chrysler PT Cruiser (4-door) concept revealed at NAIAS
  • 1999 – Chrysler PT Cruiser production model revealed at NAIAS (2001 model)
  • 2000 – Chrysler Panel Cruiser concept, GT Cruiser (2.4-liter turbo) concept revealed at NAIAS
  • 2001 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible Styling Study revealed at New York International Auto Show
  • 2001 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Flames version revealed at What's New event at Chrysler Group’s Chelsea Proving Grounds (CPG) (2002 model)
  • 2001 – Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 1 and Woodie versions revealed at Woodward Dream Cruise event (2002 models)
  • 2002 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible production version announced at Geneva motor show
  • 2002 – Chrysler PT Turbo revealed at the New York auto show (2003 model)
  • 2002 – Chrysler PT Chrome Accents package revealed at What's New event at CPG (2003 model)
  • 2002 – Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 2 revealed at Woodward Dream Cruise event (2003 model)
  • 2003 – Chrysler PT Chrome Accents package announced at What’s New event at CPG (2004 model)
  • 2003 – Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 3 revealed at Woodward Dream Cruise event (2004 model)
  • 2004 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible revealed at NAIAS (2005 model)
  • 2004 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Two-Tone edition offered (2005 model)
  • 2004 – Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 4 (convertible) revealed at Woodward Dream Cruise event (2005 model)
  • 2005 – Refreshed Chrysler PT Cruiser introduced at What’s New event at CPG (2006 model)
  • 2005 – Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Route 66 Edition introduced at Woodward Dream Cruise Event (2006 model)
  • 2006 – Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition introduced at Woodward Dream Cruise Event (2007 model)
  • 2007 – Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Edition introduced at Woodward Dream Cruise Event (2008 model)
  • 2008 – Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5 introduced at Woodward Dream Cruise Event (2009 model)
  • 2009 – Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic offered (2010 model) 


2009 Model Year

  • Chrysler PT Dream Cruiser Series 5
    • 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines available with four-speed automatic transmission 
    •  Two-tone PT Cruiser body with Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl roof 
    •  Custom machined and drilled solid billet upper and lower grilles 
    •  Unique SRT Design 17 inch wheels with all-season performance tires 
    •  Chromed body-side moldings and all-new “PT” door badges 
    •  Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl hoop spoiler 
    •  Body-color fog lamp bezels 
    •  “Dream Cruiser Series 5” tailgate badge 
    •  Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl instrument panel accents 
    •  Embossed Momentum seat material with second layer silver accents 
    •  Heated front seats 
    •  Satin Silver center stack bezel 
    •  Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bright Silver spokes 
    •  Chromed-ring gauges and air vent trim 
    •  Sound Group II featuring a 368-watt Boston Acoustics sound package 
    •  Premium sill plates 
    •  Premium floor mats

2008 Model Year

  • Chrysler PT Cruiser model renamed Chrysler PT Cruiser model LX
  • Exterior:
    • Body-color grille standard on LX and Touring models
    • Six new exterior colors, including: 
    • Stone White Clear Coat 
    • Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat 
    • Brilliant Black Metallic Clear Coat 
    • Melbourne Green Pearl Coat 
    • Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat 
    • Sunset Crystal (PT Street Cruiser Sunset Boulevard Edition)
  • Interior:
    • Remote keyless entry standard on Base model. Integrated into key, includes panic alarm 
    • Console flood lamp standard on all models 
    • “Boston Premium Audio” badge added to center-stack bezel with Boston Acoustics Audio Group 
    • Seat-mounted side air bags standard on all models 
    • Compass and temperature display on LX model 
    • Sound Group I available on LX and Touring models 
    • Sound Group II available on Touring and Limited models 
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio (now standard on Limited model) increases coverage to deliver more than 130 channels of radio programming

2007 Model Year

  • Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring Signature Series Package:
    • 16-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
    • Speed control 
    • Six-way power driver’s seat 
    • Power moon roof 
    • Chromed exhaust tip 
    • Manual lumbar adjuster 
    • Premium cloth seats with YES Essentials® Seat Fabric 
    • Front seat-mounted side air bags 
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with satin silver spokes 
    • Chromed cup holder rings, automatic shifter bezel, speed control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio 
    • Touring suspension
  • Exterior:
    • Three new colors: Pastel Yellow Clear Coat, Tangerine Pearl Coat and Opal Pearl Coat
    • Soft-touch electric liftgate switch standard on Base model
  • Interior:
    • New YES Essentials® Seat Fabric optional on Touring, standard on Limited 
    • Remote keyless entry standard on Base model. Integrated into key; includes panic alarm 
    • Console flood lamp standard on all models 
    • “Boston Premium Audio” badge added to center-stack bezel with Boston Acoustics Audio Group

2006 Model Year

  • Complete upgrade of the PT Cruiser
  • Powertrain: 
    • Increased power — new for 2006 (230 horsepower [171.5 kW] and 245 lb.-ft. [332 N•m] of torque) 2.4-liter, 16-valve, DOHC SMPI intercooled High Output Turbo four-cylinder engine with heavy-duty Getrag five-speed manual transmission (standard on GT model or this engine with optional four-speed electronic automatic transmission and Auto Stick on GT model) 
    • New nine-spoke, 16-inch aluminum wheel offering on Limited models available in painted silver or optional chrome-clad finish 
    • New 15-spoke, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels standard on GT models 
    • Power-assisted disc/drum brakes, ABS disc/drum brakes or performance four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and low-speed traction control depending on model selection
    • Ride-, touring- or sport-tuned suspension depending on model selection
    • Power-assisted steering (18:1 ratio)
  • Exterior:
    • Modifications incorporating “face of Chrysler” design cues include: 
    • Redesigned front and rear fascias on all models 
    • Redesigned front grille with chrome-accented horizontal bars standard on all models 
    • Larger Chrysler “winged” badge on hood on all models 
    • Redesigned headlamps with lower scalloped edge on all models 
    • Modified taillamps with white turn signal lenses (amber bulb) 
    • Round fog lamps (on Limited and GT models) and lower grille incorporating open mesh design (all models) 
    • Body-color strip spoiler at rear of roof panel for improved aerodynamic performance on Base, Touring and limited models 
    • Eight exterior color offerings, including Marine Blue Pearl Coat and Magnesium Pearl Coat
  • Interior:
    • All-new instrument panel and door trim panel design
    • Refreshed seat trim and fabrics for all models incorporating sport contour trim outlines for improved lateral support
    • Interior color offerings: Pastel Slate Gray (all models) and Pastel Pebble Beige (Touring, Limited and GT models) 
    • Larger, more visible instrument cluster graphics with silver gauge faces and white-night lighting 
    • Higher-output, quieter HVAC system combined with flush shut-off outlets 
    • Ergonomic refinements include positioning of radio head unit above HVAC controls; relocation of heated seat and hazard flasher switches to center stack and raised rear window controls (positioned on rear of center console) 
    • Satin Silver center-stack bezel on all models; GT model includes Mini Carbon pattern 
    • Larger glove box 
    • Chrysler signature analog clock 
    • Center console with fore/aft sliding armrest and covered storage. Unit includes two fold-out cup holders for rear-seat occupants; available battery-fed power outlet inside console bin for concealed cell phone charging and clamshell upper compartment (under lid) for concealing small items 
    • Bright-accented ringed front cup holders on Limited and GT models 
    • Front courtesy/map lamps on Touring, Limited and GT models 
    • Standard six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar on Limited and GT models 
    • MP3 player capability on all radios 
    • Audio input jack on base AM/FM single CD radio can be used for any audio input source (e.g., portable MP3 player, portable cassette player, portable CD player)
    • AM/FM six-CD changer radio can play CDs burned with MP3 files
    • Speakers repositioned to rear doors for enhanced bass response, most notably in rear of cabin
    • Boston Acoustics® premium audio system, optional on Touring, Limited and GT models, includes six premium speakers, first production-offered subwoofer on PT Cruiser and 368-watt amplifier
    • Enhanced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) applications include dash panel silencer and strategically placed sound damping materials to reduce road and powertrain noise
    • Advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger air bags and driver-side inflatable knee blocker and Occupant Classification System (OCS), which detects passenger-seat occupant to determine on/off status of air bag
    • Redesigned ignition key with Sentry Key® engine immobilizer and integrated key fob for available remote keyless entry
    • Height-adjustable three-point seat belts with pretensioners, constant-force retractors and traveling inboard buckles, front three-point, rear three-point
    • Supplemental side air bags
    • Security alarm system for doors and liftgate on Limited and GT models
    • Enhanced accident response system
    • Rear-door child protection
    • Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with reconfigurable display in cluster includes compass, outside temperature, audio information, average fuel economy, distance to empty and elapsed time on Touring, Limited and GT models
    • Enhanced electrical features include power speed-sensitive locks and power accessory delay
    • HomeLink® universal garage door opener standard on Limited and GT models

2005 Model Year 

  • New model lineup: Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring, Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited and Chrysler PT Cruiser GT
  • New Chrysler PT Cruiser model lineup offers one-of-a-kind PT Cruiser styling in a sport tourer package and an established record of high quality at a compact car price
  • Linen Gold Pearl Coat included in exterior color offerings
  • Standard HomeLink universal garage door opener on Limited and GT models (buttons on driver’s visor)

2004 Model Year

  • New 2.4-liter turbo with 180 horsepower (134 kW), 210 lb.-ft. (285 N•m) of torque and four-speed automatic transaxle powertrain option, available on Touring and Limited models. Includes special power-assisted disc/drum brakes and large-diameter chromed exhaust tip
  • New exterior colors: Deep Plum Pearl Coat replaces Deep Cranberry Pearl Coat; Bright Seamist Green Metallic Clear Coat replaces Steel Blue Pearl Coat; Cool Vanilla Clear Coat replaces Stone White Clear Coat
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio available on all models and includes one-year subscription
  • UConnect® Hands-free Communication System optional on Touring, Limited and GT models
  • Liftgate-mounted spoiler optional on Touring and Limited; standard on GT
  • Chromed Accents Group expanded with leather-wrapped steering wheel with Bright Silver painted spokes and Bright Pedal Package
  • New 16-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel for 2.4-liter Turbo applications

2003 Model Year

  • New GT price class includes: 
    • 2.4-liter, I-4, DOHC intercooled High Output Turbo engine 
    • Heavy-duty five-speed manual transaxle 
    • Optional automatic transaxle with AutoStick® 
    • Satin Silver painted shift knob 
    • Satin Silver shifter bezel (automatic transaxle only) 
    • Body-color front and rear fascias (unique from Limited Edition) 
    • Performance seat with Fresno cloth 
    • Driver seat manual lumbar adjuster 
    • Silver cluster gauge and cluster bezel 
    • Gauge cluster includes 140-mph speedometer and tachometer with “2.4L Turbo” graphic 
    • Performance-tuned suspension 
    • Performance ABS with four-wheel disc brakes and low-speed traction control 
    • 17-inch silver painted five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels standard, chromed optional 
    • P205/50HR17 all-season performance tires
  • New optional package on GT includes:
    • Leather seating surfaces with perforated leather inserts
    • Driver’s seat power height adjuster
    • Front side air bags
    • Unique, leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Power moon roof
    • 17-inch chromed cast-aluminum wheels
    • AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and CD player
  • Equipment Groups: 
    • Chromed Accents Group optional on Touring and Limited Edition models
    • 15-inch bolt-on wheel cover with bright lug nut caps standard on PT Cruiser
    • 16-inch painted cast-aluminum wheels standard on Touring
    • 16-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels standard on Limited Edition, optional on Touring (2002 running change) 
    •  Low-speed traction control is available as a separate option on Touring and Limited Edition models (requires ABS)
  • Body:
    • Body-color monotone front and rear fascias standard on Limited Edition
    • Accent-color bodyside moldings standard on Base models
    • New exterior colors: Electric Blue Pearl Coat and Onyx Green Pearl Coat
  • Interior:
    • New interior color added: Dark Slate Gray/Light Slate Gray
    • New Bright Silver Metallic cluster and passenger-side air bag door for Light Almond Pearl Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic
    • Black and Stone White exterior colors and Dark Slate Gray interior color
  • Electrical and Electrical Systems:
    • AM/FM stereo radio with six-disc in-dash CD changer is optional on all models

2002 Model Year

  • Three price classes replace Equipment Groups:
    • Base
    • Touring Edition
    • Limited Edition
  • AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and changer controls standard on all price classes
  • Front-passenger underseat storage bin standard on all price classes
  • New front-passenger seat inboard armrest standard on all price classes
  • New rear-seat trapped occupant release handle

2001 Model Year

  • Heated driver and front-passenger seats (includes driver manual lumbar adjuster) on Limited Edition (running change)
  • Front-passenger underseat storage bin optional on all models (running change)
  • Five-gang window switch (controlling all four windows) in instrument panel center stack replaces three-gang switch – standard on all models
  • AM/FM stereo radio with CD player and changer controls optional on all models

At Introduction (March 2000)

  • Unique Package: Flexible cargo-carrying capability, flexible front and rear seating arrangements, abundant interior space relative to overall size, easy entry and exit, comfortable, upright seating position and exceptional roominess; 2.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve SMPI four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower (112 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque (220 N•m) at 4,000 rpm
  • Low-profile, twist beam axle rear suspension with trailing arms, Watts linkage for lateral motion control and stabilizer bar
  • Optional roof rack with U.S. industry-first continuously variable fore/aft adjustable crossbars and side-by-side stowage
  • Fold, tumble and remove 65/35 split, three-passenger rear seating with unique quick-release removal latches
  • Chrysler’s first center rear-seat three-point Unibelt restraint system
  • Available supplemental side air bags
  • Front-seat belt pretensioners standard
  • Rear-seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat anchor system standard