All-New Chrysler Crossfire | Part Two

Chrysler Crossfire

 

Crossfire Exterior: Sculptured, Romantic

With its long bonnet and fastback tail, Chrysler Crossfire’s side profile is instantly recognisable. The car’s broad shoulders envelop 19-inch rear wheels. The front wheels are slightly smaller, yet still measure an impressive 18 inches. With larger wheels at the rear, the side profile has a poised stance.

The name “Crossfire” was conceived during the development of the vehicle’s distinctive character line that moves precisely and rapidly from front to rear. The character line “crosses” to a negative formation from a positive one as it speeds from the front through to the rear wing. Wide, muscular rear wings conclude in the large, sculpted tail lamps. The side profile is complete with metallic-finished side air louvres.

“In addition to romantic shapes and sleek, athletic lines, we gave Chrysler Crossfire a new glass-to-body proportion,” said Creed. “We made the body-sides tall while minimising glass surfaces. We wanted to give the driver that special feeling of being inside the cockpit of something very sporty, serious and protective.”

The sculptured bonnet showcases Chrysler’s new signature winged badge, which spans the entire upper width of the chrome grille. The headlamps have double circular elements within and carve into the front fascia. For additional design tension, six grooves run the length of the bonnet and complement the front grille.

One of Chrysler Crossfire’s most distinguishing features is the centre spine that runs the length of the car and accentuates the chiselled, carved appearance. The line starts at the front grille and concludes between the dual exhaust pipes. This centre spine form also appears on the door handles and exterior mirrors.

Chrysler Crossfire’s stunning rear view has a tapered, “boat tail” appearance that emphasises its large rear wheels, tyres and wings. A retractable spoiler is designed into the rear of the vehicle and activates when the car reaches 50 mph.

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Published 12 November 2002 Melanie Carter

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