Dodge is, in fact, known for making the bulk of the muscular cars. However, its sister brands do have the same clear-cut identity. While searching for the newest niches, Chrysler has split from its typical luxury badge segment and thus targeted the affordable car class with things like the PT Cruiser.
Dodge and Exclusive Access to Performance Goods
As of late, there is nothing that is truly memorable about the Chrysler-badged cars as of late. Moreover, it’s their own fault. In fact, the corporate leadership has decided Dodge was going to get almost complete access to performance goodies while Jeep was in charge of the 4x4s. Besides the 300C, the only distinctive modern product is the PT Cruiser.
In fact, the story of this car began in 1997. At that time, Chrysler was thinking up a new look for Plymouth. Moreover, the PT’s design, in a nutshell, got revealing with the 1999 Plymouth Pronto Cruiser concept. Moreover, that is why it looks like a Prowler. The Plymouth brand got discounted following the merger with Daimler. Then, the hatchback switched brands at the last moment.
In 2001, one could argue that there wasn’t anything else like the PT Cruiser on the road when it came out. In fact, the modern interpretation of it was the Chrysler Airflow Coupe of the 1930s. It was nothing more than an entry-level vehicle based on a lifted Dodge Neon platform in reality. It was also powering by small engines.
DOHC Engine, 5-Speed Manual
Moreover, the basic configuration did come with a 2.4-liter DOHC engine and a 5-speed manual. In addition, they have also made turbocharged versions with up to 230 hp and the convertible model. It has only two doors and is describing as an attention-grabbing roof hoop. There are exports to Europe and Asia that have occurred as well. They also came with much weaker engines. For example, there was a 1.6-liter with only 115 hp and a Mercedes 2.1-liter diesel making 120 hp.
Surviving for ten model years, the PT Cruiser was actually relatively successful. But this rendering by artist Oscar Vargas proposes a version that might have been even cooler. Vargas has envisioned a Dodge Charger version. That version is basically adopting the features of the famous American V8 sedan to what is an odd compact shape. Moreover, these changes include things that are obvious like the headlights and grille. In addition, to the widebody kit, or the creases on both sides of the vehicle. Then, of course, it’s got a large set of wheels. Also, a scoop in the hood to let everyone know it means business.