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Chrysler Crossfire to debut at 2001 Detroit Auto Show

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Crossfire rear

Crossfire interior
Dec 29, 2000 - The Chrysler Crossfire concept, to be unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, fuses classic European proportions and handling attributes with the muscle and character of an American performance car.

"The Crossfire concept provides a new image for Chrysler, combining American power with international flair," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Product Design, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. "The expressive execution of this small coupe is tangible proof of our capability to elevate and broaden the Chrysler brand. From its distinct design to its potent powertrain and suspension, this modern American coupe is set to impress enthusiasts around the world."

The Crossfire was designed by 25yr old Erik Stoddard, a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art. The dramatic design has some similarities in proportion and form language to the Audi TT and Mercedes SLK, and these are the cars it would be up against, along with the Porsche Boxster.

Powered by a 2.7litre supercharged V6, the Crossfire has the typical Chrysler concept vehicle muscular front end, with a very bold grille reminiscent of the 300M sports sedan. The raised front fenders sweep back inward to intersect with the rear fender forms, which define the whole bodyside. 'Classic' features include the split screens front and rear and 'boat-tail' cabin form, which frames the prominent Chrysler emblem. The Crossfire has an interesting mix of bold, clean surfaces and ornamental detail, such as the hood with it's strong central bulge, flanked by a series of grooves.

The Crossfire could be produced in small volume at the Conner Avenue plant that currently builds the Plymouth Prowler and Dodge Viper, and would provide a striking image car for the Chrysler brand.

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Last updated: Wed, Jan 3, 2001