• Jul 17, 2010
Rendering of a next-generation Chrysler PT Cruiser – Click above for high-res image gallery

The end of production of the Chrysler PT Cruiser prompted a reader at the Cheers and Gears forum to try his hand at rendering what could have been a next-generation edition of the retro hatchback. It's often been said that following up a retro design is particularly difficult, though admittedly, BMW has managed to do so with the Mini.

The artist, Andrew Currie, has taken his cue from Mini by retaining the original PT's basic shape, with the biggest changes applied to the nose. A larger grille with four round, exposed headlamps still retains the flavor of the outgoing model. If the design were applied to a more modern platform with an up-to-date powertrain and better handling, it's certainly possible it could have been successful. The problem is that such designs tend to be fashion statements, and you know what they say about "One day you're in ..." In part, Mini's success has come by expanding the concept to different body styles including the Clubman, Countryman and the upcoming coupe and roadster. It's not clear that a single PT variant could do the job.

What do you think, could a new PT Cruiser with modern running gear still succeed? Let us know in our poll after the jump.

[Source: Sector 329 Graphics/Andrew Currie via Cheers and Gears]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd say wait a couple years, then update the exterior, give it a harder edge, give a couple of UPDATED engine options that offer both power and fuel economy, and update the interior to this century. The interior of the new jeep cherokee is gorgeous, that would be a nice starting point for reference.

      I remember when the PT first came out in 2000 it was hard to beat the looks and package for the price, $21K got you a fully loaded Limited PT with leather/suede seats, sunroof, 16" chrome wheels which were big at that time, nice audio system, and all the utilitarianism you could handle. Used PT's were going for more than new models because dealers couldn't keep new models in stock.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never been a big fan of the PT, though I thought the 2 door convertible was better looking... If they wanted to do it right the first time, they should have got some input from Chip Foose or had him design the whole thing. But I think its too late now, the whole retro-car phase is about over except for the new Mustang/Camaro/Challenger wars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I definitely think that the PT Cruiser could have had an extended life if Chrysler didn't do what they so often do (Create a car that has potential and then under power it and never update it ala Crossfire/Prowler). If Chrysler would have freshened it up more than adding a convertible it may still be a hot seller.
      chip caruana
      • 4 Years Ago
      The next PT Cruiser is already out there. It's called the Citroen DS3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think Chrysler should have given a 'cruiser' treatment to the last generation short minivan version. They could've just reskinned it and upgraded the interior, and we would've had an FT Cruiser (family style ;)

      • 4 Years Ago
      first glimpses were exciting, but then I saw that it was a little small & terribly underpowered, as every reviewer agreed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wait a year or two! they pulled this stunt years back, only to reveal a completely redesigned car..there was the 1994-1997 LHS, there was no 1998 LHS, and for 1999 there it was, there completely redesigned LHS looking better than ever-only to be renamed to Concorde Limited for 2002! i fully expect to see a completely new pt cruiser in 2012! not to mention that the idea not to long ago was to replace the current pt cruiser with a Fiat-based car! so far, it looks as if it were going accordingly to plan!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The PT Cruiser will go down in automotive history as one of the most influential and long lived designs of the era. That phenomenon is a product of Chrysler design talent and marketing vision, which they "own". Don't be surprised if they open that locked closet and a new PT is brought to the market to reignite its' "magic". The fan base is extensive.
      The PT Cruiser was such an imaginative and innovative engineering achievement, that can be updated easily and you can bet, Chrysler is not ignorant of that fact. You can also bet that the key is in their itchy little pocket... Itchy, itchy!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Certainly! it should be done. As a 05 pt owner, it makes me exited event to think a better pt. It would be great with a 2.0L diesel even t-diesel, better transmission and upscale interior. Not to need change a lot on its pre06 design. I would keep my own pt as classic and would buy new version as a daily car. Think again Chrysler (or Fiat).
      • 4 Years Ago
      "THE PRICE" made the car a high volume hit. Yeh..do it again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The PT had a lot of tricks that kept shoppers buying for years and years. Eliminating it for good is imprudent, to say the least. The loyalty that car enjoyed is epic. It basically appealed to the mature, sedan buyer, but offered versitility, luxury ( leather, sunroof, heated seats..) [percieved] small car mileage and to many owners....style. Killing the PT is insane, especially when reinventing it would be vastly more logical than some other stupid niche cars such as the who's-it-for Honda Crosstour, the X6 or even the ghastly Jeep Com-puss. I'd never be a PT customer, but hundreds of thousands were and would probably welcome a better version of a loved car.
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