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At least for the first generation (pre-2006), Australian PT Cruisers have four airbags and four wheel disc brakes with traction control, as well as air conditioning, cruise control, and other conveniences — no equivalent to the American base model. Their base is called the Classic Edition, the next model up is the GT Touring (“Grand Touring Touring”), and the top model is the Limited Edition. All come with the 2.4 liter engine, and there are no turbo models so far. There is no “towel rail” inside. (For a short time, traction control was not included, but it came back quickly). Australia also gets Chrysler 300Cs made in Graz, Austria ... it's possible that the PT is also supplied by Graz.

PT Cruisers of Europe

To conserve fuel, PT Cruisers are available with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine or a 2.2 liter Mercedes diesel in Europe (as well as a 1.6 liter engine not used in the United States, which is shared with the BMW Mini, but is based on the Neon 2.0 design). Even the 2.0 is a bit small for the heavy vehicle.

Diesel-powered models now (2006) come with an upgraded, highly efficient four-cylinder 2.2 CRD engine, fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) that generates 25 percent more power - 110 kW (150 hp) - than the previous model while keeping fuel consumption constant (6.7 L/100 km, combined cycle). Maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 lb.-ft) is produced from 1600 rpm to 3000 rpm. Matched to a five-speed manual transmission, this engine reduces the 0-to-100 km/h acceleration time from 12.1 seconds in the previous model to 10.8 seconds (estimated). The engine is an advanced common-rail design, which is Euro 4 compliant for exhaust emissions. It is also a refined power unit with reduced high-frequency combustion noise compared with the previous diesel engine.

Read on for information on the Street Cruiser Series 1.

Specifications

Kerb weight 1613 kg (with driver - 75 kg - and 90 per cent fuel)
Gross vehicle weight 1980 kg
Fuel tank capacity 57 litres

1.6 liter engine

The 1.6 liter engine was codeveloped with Rover, and is used in the BMW Mini (BMW purchased Rover and later gave it away).

The 1.6 liter has 115 hp (86 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 113 lb-ft (153 Nm) at 4,400 rpm. The 1.6 has a single overhead cam, aluminum heads, and four valves per cylinder, and was designed for Chrysler and Rover "mini-cars" to be introduced in model year 2001. The goals were a simple, durable, and robust engine which will meet Euro III emissions standards, have superior fuel economy without sacrificing power, and be appropriate for European and South American markets.

It's the first Chrysler engine to use a drive-by-wire throttle, but the Hemi engine will also use that system. Approximate specs are:

 Fuel: 6.4 l/100 km combined urban/highway
 Displacement: 1,598cc
 Power: 78 kW/105 bhp @ 5600 rpm (now 115 hp?)
 Torque: 148 N-m/109 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm (now 113 @ 4400?)
 Transmission: Five speed manual only

2.0 liter engine

This engine has a cast-iron block, aluminium cylinder head, four valves per cylinder. Cubic capacity 1996 cc. Bore and stroke 87.5 mm x 83 mm. Chain driven valves, dual camshafts, 16 valves, centre pivot rocker arm with roller followers and hydraulic lifters (note that American versions are single cam).

Compression ratio 9.4 : 1
Maximum power 104 kW @ 5700 rpm
Maximum torque 188 Nm @ 4150 rpm

Manual Automatic
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 11.1 seconds 12.8 seconds
Top speed 190 km/h (118 mph) 166 km/h (103 mph)
Fuel economy
(litres/100 km)
Combined 8.4
Extra urban 6.9
Urban 10.8
Combined 9.8
Extra urban 7.9
Urban 13.1
Combined CO2 196 g/km 232 g/km

The Street Cruiser Series 1 (Dream Cruiser Series 1)

The Street Cruiser Series 1 debuted in March 2002 at the Geneva Motor Show. The special edition, available in Europe in Spring 2002, comes with the 2.0 liter engine and either a manual or automatic, and is largely identical to the PT Cruiser Limited.

The Street Cruiser Series 1 (available in North America as the "Dream Cruiser Series 1") is painted in Inca Gold, an exclusive chrome-yellow gold with a metallic sparkle. In addition to Inca Gold paint, the vehicle will feature a "Street Cruiser Series 1" shield-shaped liftgate badge in Inca Gold with a chrome outer edge and chrome lettering. The car also sports 16-inch chrome wheels with customised centre caps in Inca Gold with bright "PT Cruiser" graphics. It has a colour-keyed grille, bumpers, and body-side mouldings.

Matching Inca Gold coloured accents appear throughout the interior - on the instrument panel, including the passenger-side air bag door, and instrument cluster bezel. Door bolsters are a matching gold grain vinyl.

Seats are light pearl beige leather with gold leather inserts. "Axis" perforated leather is used on the seat cushion and seat back inserts, while a unique textured leather, called Matrix leather, is used on the steering wheel and shift knob on automatic transmission models.

With the debut of the Street Cruiser Series 1 today at the Geneva Motor Show, Chrysler PT Cruiser now offers a range of four different models in Europe: 1.6 petrol, 2.2 CRD, and 2.0 petrol in both PT Cruiser and Street Cruiser.

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