Chrysler steps into 2004 armed with a new roadster, instantly
placing it in the same company as other manufacturing heavyweights.
One of these heavyweights is Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler's parent
company and the partner used to develop the brand-new Crossfire.
The result is a two-door speedster with a design influence
from America and an engineering system honed in Germany.
The 2004 Chrysler Crossfire is assembled in Germany, following
the pattern of Mercedes' SLK hardtop convertible. For the
new Crossfire, Chrysler also enlisted the help of Karmann,
a German automotive manufacturer. Founded in 1901, Karmann
is one of the world's leading full-service suppliers to
the automotive industry. Stylish, smooth and powerful, the
2004 Chrysler Crossfire is a car roadster enthusiasts should
A new model created just 24 months after a concept version
of the car was revealed at the 2001 North American International
Auto Show in Detroit, the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire is offered
in just one trim level for now.
The two-seater 2004 Chrysler Crossfire has a bundle of premium
amenities on the inside. Some of the standards included
are leather upholstery, heated bucket seats, power steering,
air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate controls,
a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control,
an 8-way power driver seat and a 4-way power passenger seat.
The Chrysler Crossfire is designed with people who like
to crank up the music in mind. To this end it comes with
an Infinity Modulus audio system with an AM/FM/CD player
and a 240-watt digital amplifier. There are six speakers,
including dual subwoofers, to this setup, which is based
on Infinity's Modulus home theater surround sound system.
The 2004 Crossfire also features touring gear with three
specially designed luggage carriers.
The new 2004 Chrysler Crossfire is pretty cool looking,
to put it mildly. It has a long, lean front hood that flows
into a compact, descending cockpit. Big 18-inch alloy wheels
are up front, with 19-inchers in the rear. The Crossfire
is also equipped with a rear spoiler that moves up and down
depending on the road speed.
The performance of the new Chrysler Crossfire is intended
to stimulate drivers in the same way its form does designers.
Under the hood is a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 215 horsepower
at 5700 rpm and 229 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. This engine
is mated to an advanced six-speed manual transmission or
optional five-speed electronically-controlled adaptive automatic
transmission with AutoStick®. Like a number of other
top-line roadsters out there, the Crossfire utilizes a rear-wheel
The ride is both fast and smooth, thanks to independent
double wishbone front and rear suspension with coil springs
and gas-charged shock absorbers. Dual, center-mounted exhaust
outlets are both functional and attractive, while a precise
steering system makes the Crossfire as nimble as a cat.
Safety and Security
Safety is a top priority of the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire.
Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes with brake assist are standard,
as are an antiskid/traction control system, a tire-pressure
monitor and torso side airbags. Crossfire's Electronic Stability
Program integrates single brake application and throttle
intervention for yaw control and wheel spin control.