Chrysler Launches PT Cruiser Couture Edition in an Affront to High Fashion

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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Easily one of the the most unanimously despised vehicles by automotive journalists throughout the country, Chrysler recently decided to keep the PT Cruiser as a part of its lineup after axing it just a few months before. Now the automaker doesn’t even have the decency to let it quietly fade into obscurity, but has decided to launch the Couture Edition – apparently in an affront to high-fashion throughout the world.

The 2010 PT Cruiser Couture Edition gets a two-tone silver and black paint scheme, divided by a red pinstripe. Additional exterior highlights include chrome side moldings, door handles and grille inserts, as well as 16-inch wheels. Inside it’s hard to miss the Radar Red leather seats.

The Couture Edition includes all features found on the Classic model and is priced from $19,995.

The Couture Edition is the 16th special version of the PT, a list that includes such models as the PT Turbo, Flames, Woodie, W.P. Chrysler Signature Series, PT Cruiser Classic, PT Street Cruiser Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard editions. We can only hope this is the last.

GALLERY: Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition

Official release after the jump:

Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition
In commemorating a decade of the Chrysler PT “Personal Transportation” Cruiser’s timeless design, the new PT Cruiser Couture Edition exemplifies the romance of American automotive heritage, styling and versatility that made PT Cruiser an instant hit.

Starting with the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic, the Couture Edition features new levels of craftsmanship and color. With its fenders and high belt-line painted in Bright Silver Metallic, and upper body and roofline that recalls 1930s and 1940s era hot-rod styling in Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl with accent red pinstripe, the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition delivers a bold look. To complete the exterior appearance, chromed body-side moldings, door handles, 16-inch polished aluminum wheels and grille highlight this limited edition PT’s level of detail and style.

The new Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition continues to lead the small-car segment with its combination of style, craftsmanship and flexibility. Chromed detail rings highlight the gloss black instrument panel’s three gauges, rotating air vents and Chrysler signature analog clock. The Pastel Slate Gray interior is highlighted by Satin Silver instrument panel and console accents, with all-new Radar Red leather or Dark Slate Gray seats to deliver a premium look and feel.

MSRP for the 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition is $19,995 (including $720 destination) and arrives at Chrysler dealerships nationwide in the first-quarter of 2010.

Chrysler continues to keep its icon fresh and exciting. The new 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition marked the 16th variation since PT Cruiser’s introduction, following five Dream Cruiser Series vehicles, PT Turbo, Flames, Woodie, Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, the refreshed 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser, W.P. Chrysler Signature Series, PT Cruiser Classic, PT Street Cruiser Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard editions.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • FV Anna FV Anna on Jan 18, 2014

    Colum Wood, I love my 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Couture Edition. I've not seen another one with black seats. Since I've heard your opinion, now here's mine, why don't you take your own advice and quietly fade into obscurity! :( P.S. BTW you can kiss my PT'S BUMPER!!!!

  • Esoteric Esoteric on Mar 09, 2017

    I have a 2010 PT Cruiser Couture Edition (of which only 500 were made) that I purchased in May 2015 so that I could take it to car shows here in central Ohio. In the last 2 summers I have won 7 trophies with it and I expect that as time goes by I'll be rolling up a lot more.