Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cruiser Gets a Power Boost

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cruiser Gets a Power Boost

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Byline: By Edward Stephens

Of all the modern cars on the road the Chrysler PT Cruiser is certainly a strong contender for the title king of cool.

And now at last the cool Cruiser has been given a diesel engine which makes it, if not a hot hatch, certainly a very warm one.

From the outset the retro-look PT Cruiser, with its blend of mean American saloon and cool hot-rod styling, has always looked as if it needed a beefy power plant under its bonnet.

It started life with the same two-litre petrol engine that was used in the Chrysler Neon and while it did the job it was hardly exciting.

Now the latest refreshed Cruiser has undergone a number of internal and external cosmetic changes, but best of all it has more powerful engines and the latest diesel version is certainly a revelation.

The new 148bhp, 2.2CRD unit is a massive 25% more powerful than the old diesel engine ( and it shows.

This gutsy new turbocharged unit gives the PT Cruiser a new lease of life and makes it a really enjoyable drive.

The power boost means the 0-62mph time goes down from a relatively stately 12.1 seconds to a lively 10.8 seconds, which means the Cruiser is now sharp when it comes to essential quick-off-the-mark acceleration often needed at busy city junctions and islands.

But impressive as this is, the mid-range performance of the car has also dramatically improved. The new engine is extremely torquey and the pulling power in each gear makes it a delight for everyday driving.

Despite the new surge of power this latest diesel will average more than 42 miles per gallon, which is certainly going to impress a lot of potential buyers.

Chrysler says its latest model benefits from improved noise, vibration and harshness reduction measures which lower road noise by between two and five decibels.

A lot of work has also been done improving soundproofing and the current model has a very refined feel about it even at high speed with very little engine noise and certainly no diesel rattle. …

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