Chrysler Crossfire

The Chrysler Crossfire is known for its unique body design and sporting appearance. Chrysler introduced the Crossfire, a rear-wheel drive sports car, in conjunction with Daimler, in 2004. The name refers to the car’s crossing character lines (running from the car’s front to rear fenders), as well as the relationship between the two manufacturing giants—Chrysler and Daimler.

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Chrysler Origins

It’s nearly impossible to live in the United States and not know about the rich automotive tradition that began in the early 1900s. Some of the early car companies included the likes of Chevrolet, Ford, and Buick. While the Chrysler Corporation was founded a short time later, it still ranks among the greatest American car manufacturers.

The Chrysler Corporation, like so many other companies, actually made its beginning in another business. The Maxwell Motor Company hit hard times and hired a man named Walter Chrysler to help put it back in the black. Despite his best efforts, Chrysler was unable to save the drowning motor company and took advantage of its failure by purchasing its assets.

In 1925, the official paperwork was filed to begin the Chrysler Corporation. Under the leadership of Walter Chrysler, the company was and is still dedicated to making quality cars and sport utility vehicles at prices the public can afford. In the first years of the company’s existence, Chrysler smartly surrounded himself with some of the most creative and well-thought-of engineers of his time.

Thanks to all of its hard work early on, the Chrysler Corporation still creates cars like the Crossfire series today, even after its merger with Daimler. About the Chrysler Crossfire

The original 2004 Crossfire was introduced as a design concept at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. Many industry experts remarked, then and later, on the similarity between the Crossfire and the popular Mercedes-Benz SLK—and for good reason too, as the two share a common platform.

The Crossfire has one attribute that makes it particularly popular: its eye-catching exterior. The sleek lines and unique crossfire design on the car’s sides set it apart in terms of overall appearance. Naturally, there are various trims and paint colors to choose from to meet each buyer’s preference.

Chrysler Crossfire Features

In 2012, Chrysler again offered the Crossfire to its sports car fans. The 2012 model retains the unique body design that earned the car so many followers since its introduction in 2004. The coupe offers a great deal of style and good looks for the money, and it’s rapidly gaining the attention of industry experts and consumers.

Chrysler chose to upgrade the interior of the Crossfire to better suit the car’s exciting exterior design. While the standard model still features cloth seats, the upgraded trim styles have leather seat options and many of the extras that send this model into a different category of luxury than previous years’ models.

Buyers can expect to find standard extras in the Crossfire such as power windows, locks, and mirrors for their convenience. This model also comes equipped with manual and automatic rear sunshades for optimum driving comfort. The total package is one Chrysler fans are sure to appreciate and enjoy.

Chrysler Crossfire Evolution

As noted, the Chrysler Crossfire became available on showroom floors in the 2004 model season. The car’s gorgeous body style and flair for the dramatic made it popular from the beginning. It is available as a two-seat coupe or roadster.

While never blamed for being less than exciting to look at, many felt that the original Crossfire falls short in other important areas. The car typically comes equipped with a 3.2-liter, six-cylinder motor and Mercedes-Benz’s old-school, recirculating-ball steering mechanisms. Many think the combination creates a less-than-desirable driving experience, the Crossfire’s performance often being described as rough and bumpy. Things are a bit better with the 2005 and 2006 editions of the Crossfire SRT-6. This model features a 330 horsepower, supercharged engine with an improved suspension design. Chrysler only offers this model with a five-speed automatic transmission. However, it does perform more like a good sports car.

The interior of the Crossfire has also been a point of contention. The standard models have cloth seats and very few of the extras most people expect in a new car. The limited editions do have leather seats and some extras, but they still don’t hold up in comparisons to other cars in their class. In short, the interior does not match the flashy exterior of the Chrysler Crossfire.

Select a Chrysler Crossfire Year

2008 Chrysler Crossfire

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Introduced in 2004, the shapely Crossfire represents one of the first joint efforts between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler.

2007 Chrysler Crossfire

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2006 Chrysler Crossfire

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

With its American styling and German engineering, DaimlerChrysler has given a prime example of perfection with the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire.

2005 Chrysler Crossfire

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire is the first true Mercedes-Chrysler collaborative effort.

2004 Chrysler Crossfire

Coupe, Sports

The 2004 Chrysler Crossfire marks one of the few examples of a concept car actually making it to the production line.