The Crossfire shares 39% of its components with other Mercedes models. The chassis is a combination of a modified C-class engine compartment, pre-2003 SLK platform, S-Class rear linkages and new stampings for the side rails and rear.
The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual with an optional 5-speed automatic. Base (Standard) and Limited models, originally sold beginning in the 2004 model year, are equipped with a 3.2L, 18-valve, SOHC V6 engine which produces 215hp (160kW) and 229lb·ft (310N·m) of torque.
The sales of the Crossfire have been slow, with an average 230 day supply of the vehicles as of November 2005. In December, the cars were listed on Overstock.com to clear out inventory. Very few Crossfires were imported to the United States and Mexico for 2006 (and almost all of these were roadsters).
On November 1, 2007, Chrysler announced that, as part of its restructuring plans, the Chrysler Crossfire would be one of four models discontinued after the 2008 model year.
The last Crossfire rolled off of the assembly line on December 17, 2007.
Note: Cars produced in one calendar year may be marketed as the following model year.
For the first model year (2004), only the coupe was offered (with no "trim" levels), equipped quite similarly to the next year's "limited" model. In model year 2005, there were six variants available; Coupe and Roadster, each with three trim levels: Base (with fewer amenities), Limited, and SRT-6 (supercharged).
The SRT-6 trim level, as both coupe and convertible, featured the supercharged engine delivering 330hp (246kW) and 310lb·ft (420N·m) of torque. Differentiating features included suspension and brake modifications, front spoiler, Autostick transmission, fixed vs. retractable rear spoiler and available navigation system.
In 2006, the SRT-6 was changed to special order only and the Base trim level was renamed to Standard.