This is an installment in a series of posts seeking back again on present autos that we come to feel deserved a minimal far more consideration than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Overlooked Concept matter, you should shoot us a line or leave a comment under.
1st Demonstrated: 1997 Detroit Vehicle Show
Description: 5-passenger subcompact hatchback
Income Pitch: “Another intelligent response to Plymouth’s contacting for special, very affordable transportation.”
Extra Neglected Ideas
1st revealed at the 1997 Detroit Car Exhibit, the Plymouth Pronto was a smaller, 5-passenger layout research that wore retro structure cues that would find their way to foreseeable future Chrysler Corporation production autos. Even though referred to by Plymouth as a sedan, the short, upright Pronto featured a rear hatch. The tidy Pronto rode on a 101-inch wheelbase and was just 149 inches long—about 6 inches more time than a Fiat 500. Rather of a sunroof, the Pronto was fitted with a huge, rollback material major. As for shade, the Pronto was painted “Cool Vanilla,” while the cabin was outfitted in Cool Vanilla with sage accents.
Somewhat pedestrian less than the hood, the Plymouth Pronto was powered by a 2.-liter 4-cylinder engine borrowed from the Dodge/Plymouth Neon mated to a 3-pace automated transmission. When the Pronto principle was proven in Europe, the drivetrain was revised, with a 1.6-liter motor mated to a 5-speed handbook transmission.
Most definitely, the Pronto foreshadowed the entrance-close styling of the 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, and its “floating” bumperettes remind us of people on the Plymouth Prowler (which debuted as a 1993 strategy automobile and noticed generation from 1997-2002). The first of a trio of Plymouth ideas, the Pronto was followed up in 1998 by the Pronto Spyder 2-seat roadster, and in 1999 by the Pronto Cruizer (the Pronto Cruizer turned a Chrysler in light-weight of the impending discontinuation of the Plymouth brand name).
Overlooked Notion: AMC AM Van
Provided this car’s area in automotive style historical past, I am amazed by how little information is available about it on the internet. That claimed, though the Pronto debuted a pair of fascinating design and style attributes, it is itself not especially intriguing to look at. The Pronto Cruizer, on the other hand, commands a lot more interest, and is an noticeable precursor to the well-known PT Cruiser. Just for enjoyable, click on this backlink to see how a lot the Pronto resembles the European-industry Chrysler Java idea.
Neglected Idea: Pontiac Salsa
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