Chrysler Airflow Concept Previews An Electric Future

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New architecture, new technology, and a 400-mile range in a striking package.

Many American brands have kicked the bucket over the years, but the one that's perhaps been closest in recent years is Chrysler. With a dwindling portfolio of essentially the Pacifica minivan and a decade-old sedan, Chrysler has been the proverbial red-headed stepchild of the FCA - now Stellantis - family. But with the whole Stellantis group rapidly electrifying, Chrysler is ready to reinvent itself. The Chrysler Airflow Concept is the first step towards that goal.

Revealed in concept form at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, the Airflow we see here is a production-ready version of the Airflow Vision Concept revealed at CES 2020, capable of up to 400 miles of driving range on a single charge and packing the latest SmartCockpit design powered by AI.

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We had our first, albeit brief, glimpse of the Airflow in December last year, but now have a much better idea of where it fits into the bigger picture. The Chrysler Airflow takes the form of a crossover EV. The underpinnings are built around a dedicated new EV platform. Two electric motors of 201 horsepower each propel the Airflow with all-wheel-drive capability, although Chrysler claims larger, more powerful motors can be accommodated for high-performance applications.

The 118-kWh battery is capable of achieving 350-400 miles on a single charge. Additionally, the Airflow is equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities under the STLA AutoDrive moniker, with OTA updates integrated into the new electric architecture.

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The motors are pushed to the outer extremities of the vehicle fore and aft of the axles, resulting in a large usable area within the wheelbase for the occupants. Chrysler has combined this with short overhangs, a low ride height, and a wide track to create something spacious inside with a commanding presence outside. The brand says the concept "envisions the next generation of premium transportation and user experience." The concept doesn't take a futuristic approach to design as we've seen from some manufacturers' EV concepts, but still appears contemporary, with a strong focus on aerodynamics to aid range.

Visual highlights include 22-inch alloy wheels, a glass roof, and crystal LED lighting. Between the headlights, a new interpretation of the Chrysler wing logo is integrated into a full-width light blade. This has dedicated animations, welcome and departure lighting, and a specific aqua lighting scheme to indicate when the Airflow is charging.

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Inside the four-seater cabin, Chrysler has tried to integrate contemporary refinement with forward-thinking technology in what the brand classifies as "dark glass sculptures." These include a low-profile digital instrument cluster and multiple screens around the rest of the cabin, including a prominent infotainment display, a dedicated climate control screen, and a smaller screen ahead of the front passenger. Both rear occupants also have dedicated screens mounted on the seats ahead of them.

These form the foundation of the STLA SmartCockpit, centered around an intuitive user experience. Each of these screens is customizable and integrates with the next, allowing one user to bring up information and swipe it across to another screen. Users are also connected to the outside world in a plethora of ways, including a camera for each seating position to enable video calls from anywhere within the cabin.

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Behind this experience is the STLA Brain, a new electrical/electronic and software architecture that uses AI-based services to tailor the experience to each user's needs. In doing so, Chrysler aims to integrate a technological lifestyle into the car itself with features like voice assistance, and an e-commerce marketplace and payment services. Over-the-air updates will keep all these services current and enhance the user experience.

With the reveal of the Airflow Concept, Chrysler has also indicated that its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) will come to market by 2025 - likely a production version of the Airflow - with full electrification of the lineup by 2028.

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"The Chrysler Airflow Concept represents the start of the brand's journey toward a fully electrified future. It is the result of a thoughtful synthesis of the full arsenal of Stellantis' connected vehicle technology - inside and out," said Ralph Gilles, Chief Design Officer - Stellantis.

Chris Feuell, meanwhile, Chrysler's brand CEO, says that "The Chrysler Airflow Concept represents the future direction of the Chrysler brand, providing a peek at the dynamic design, advanced technologies and seamless connectivity that will characterize the full-electric portfolio we plan to reach by 2028."

From where we're sitting, the Airflow looks ready for production, so expect to see a finalized production version within the next year and a half that doesn't differ vastly from what you see here.

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