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Plymouth Pronto

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That is an installment in a sequence of posts trying again on present vehicles that we really feel deserved a bit of extra consideration than they obtained. You probably have a suggestion for a Forgotten Idea subject, please shoot us a line or go away a remark under.

Plymouth Pronto

First Proven: 1997 Detroit Auto Present

Description: 5-passenger subcompact hatchback

Gross sales Pitch: “One other intelligent response to Plymouth’s calling for distinctive, reasonably priced transportation.”

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Plymouth Pronto

Plymouth Pronto


First proven on the 1997 Detroit Auto Present, the Plymouth Pronto was a small, 5-passenger design research that wore retro design cues that may discover their approach to future Chrysler Company manufacturing autos. Although referred to by Plymouth as a sedan, the quick, upright Pronto featured a rear hatch. The tidy Pronto rode on a 101-inch wheelbase and was simply 149 inches lengthy—about 6 inches longer than a Fiat 500. As a substitute of a sunroof, the Pronto was fitted with a big, rollback cloth prime. As for shade, the Pronto was painted “Cool Vanilla,” whereas the cabin was outfitted in Cool Vanilla with sage accents.

Considerably pedestrian below the hood, the Plymouth Pronto was powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine borrowed from the Dodge/Plymouth Neon mated to a 3-speed automated transmission. When the Pronto idea was proven in Europe, the drivetrain was revised, with a 1.6-liter engine mated to a 5-speed guide transmission.

Most clearly, the Pronto foreshadowed the front-end styling of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, and its “floating” bumperettes remind us of these on the Plymouth Prowler (which debuted as a 1993 idea automobile and noticed manufacturing from 1997-2002). The primary of a trio of Plymouth ideas, the Pronto was adopted up in 1998 by the Pronto Spyder 2-seat roadster, and in 1999 by the Pronto Cruizer (the Pronto Cruizer grew to become a Chrysler in mild of the approaching discontinuation of the Plymouth model).

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Plymouth Pronto

Plymouth Pronto

CG Says:

Given this automobile’s place in automotive design historical past, I’m impressed by how little data is accessible about it on-line. That stated, although the Pronto debuted a few attention-grabbing design options, it’s itself not particularly attention-grabbing to take a look at. The Pronto Cruizer, then again, instructions extra consideration, and is an apparent precursor to the favored PT Cruiser. Only for enjoyable, click on this hyperlink to see how a lot the Pronto resembles the European-market Chrysler Java idea.

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Chrysler Pronto Cruizer

Chrysler Pronto Cruizer

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