Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The 2007 Crossfire was a great mix of an American design combined with pure German engineering from Karmann.
The 2007 model was available as a coupe or a roadster and shared most of the Mercedes-Benz’s SLK underpinnings.
Design wise, the Crossfire was a real head turner, with its distinctive and dynamic lines.
The Crossfire was offered in two trim levels: base and Limited. For 2007, the SRT-6 trim was dropped.
The base model featured 18-inch wheels in the front and 19-inch wheels at the rear, air conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while the Limited trim level added power-adjustable heated leather seats and an upgraded 8-speaker audio system.
The Crossfire was driven by a 3.2-liter V6 engine that developed 215 hp and 229 pound-feet of torque. The power was sent to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic gearbox that was available with the Limited trim level.
The sports car would reach 100 kph in a little over 7 seconds.
Safety wise, the Crossfire was equipped with antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control and side airbags.
The interior of the Crossfire would have been extremely familiar for the ones who know how the SLK looked like.
The Crossfire’s competitors at the time were the BMW Z4 which was more expensive and the Nissan 350Z that featured a larger engine which produced 300 hp.
Chrysler introduced the SRT6 version in 2004 as part of the American car corporation within the DaimlerChrysler alliance.
The premium sports coupe market was influential in the U.S. if not for the sales volumes than for image. Chrysler tried to show everyone that it’s back on track and can build agile, fast, and comfortable cars. The Crossfire was based on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz SLK, and it carried over more parts from the little German premium coupe-cabriolet.
Its wide, three-slats grille and the re-invented badge installed on top of it showed the world that Chrysler is back in the sport-compact market. Its headlights showed a similar design to its bigger brother, the 300. On the front fenders, the carmaker installed slatted air-vents that extracted the air trapped inside the wheel-wells. Its short cabin with a sloped, curved rear end resembled some sporty vehicles from the ’50s. But the wing on the trunk was definitely modern. Unlike the rest of the Crossfire range, that wing was fixed. For the less-powered siblings, Chrysler installed a retractable one.
Inside, it was a mix between Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz. While the stacks from the left side of the steering-column were carried over from C-Class, along with the lights switch, the steering wheel and the dials were Chrysler’s. The gate from the automatic transmission lever was similar to the one found in German cars, but the aluminum trims were from the U.S. partner. The high-bolstered seats featured the SRT6 lettering embroidered in the headrests.
Under the hood, Chrysler installed a genuine AMG V-6 engine. Its 3.2-liter displacement and the supercharger worked together to provide over 300 ponies to the rear wheels.
The Crossfire released to the public in 2004 was a result of the union between Daimler and Chrysler.
The sports coupe was a nice blending between an American muscle car and the elegance of a Mercedes, and the concept car was released in 2001.
The production of the Crossfire started in 2003 and started selling with 2004. Its production lasted 4 years only, with the last car sold in 2007.
In comparison to the concept car, the front end was revised and refined by Andrew Dyson.
The Crossfire was mostly based on the Mercedes’ SLK roadster, having the same chassis, engine and automatic transmission.
The rear-wheel-drive coupe was equipped with a 3.2-liter V6 engine developing 215, an engine that was mated to either a 6-speed automatic transmission (the 5G Tronic of Mercedes) or a 6-speed manual one developed by Chrysler.
The exterior design of the Crossfire inspired aggressiveness due to the long low hood with the iconic large air crate underneath.
The Crossfire had an automatic rear spoiler controlled by the driver through a button.
From the side, the unusual shape of the Crossfire attracted the viewers’ attention.
Inside the Crossfire we could see clean dial instrument clusters, as well as the Mercedes configuration for the cruise control switch, that was placed to the left side of the steering wheel, where the signal switch was usually placed.
The Crossfire had very comfortable and supportive heated seats, power assisted steering, power windows, power mirrors and an auto-dimming rear mirror.