Chrysler has turned to the aftermarket for its latest PT Cruiser inspiration.
The automaker said Wednesday it will offer a chrome accented package for the 2003 PT Cruiser. It will enter showrooms in the fall, along with the 2003 PT Cruiser Turbo.
These packages are being offered to help bolster PT Cruiser sales, which slowed in the second half of 2001 and declined in January.
A Chrysler spokeswoman said cues for the newest Cruiser "are based on what is already out there (in the aftermarket)."
The Chrome Accents option will cost $1,270 on the Touring Edition PT Cruiser and $595 on the Limited Edition PT Cruiser. The Touring Edition's chrome package comes with 16-inch chrome wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Limited Edition already comes standard with these features.
The factory-installed package also includes a monotone grille with horizontal chrome bars, chrome molding all around the vehicle, chrome lower bodyside moldings, chrome plated gas cover, brush chrome sill plates, chrome lock knobs, a silver shift knob and a chrome bezel around the shifter on automatic transmission Cruisers.