The company’s focus on going all electric is showcased in this sleek crossover concept.
In CES 2020, Chrysler unveiled the AirFlow Vision Concept, a sleek four-seater all-electric concept car inspired by the brand’s 1930s car. The Chrysler Airflow concept, which appears to be a more production-ready version of the AirFlow Vision, will debut in 2022.
- Airflow concept likely a design study for future Chrysler EVs
- Powered by dual axle-mounted electric motors
- Tech-heavy cabin features screens for all occupants
Although it still places a heavy emphasis on connectivity and enhanced digital interaction, the final concept is less outlandish – and appears to be more production-viable – than the 2020 concept.
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Design and interior of the Chrysler Airflow concept
The Airflow is a sleek, low-slung crossover with a similar silhouette to the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its long wheelbase and wide track are said to “enable a dramatic stance and deliver excellent handling and performance dynamics,” while its long wheelbase and wide track are said to “enable a dramatic stance and deliver excellent handling and performance dynamics.”
The Airflow’s autonomous and connectivity capabilities are reflected in the lounge-style cabin layout. A digital gauge cluster and an independent display for the front passenger flank the large central infotainment screen, while a pair of independent seats in the back replace a traditional bench.
Chrysler’s sustainability goals are embodied by vegetable-tanned leather seat upholstery and recycled-content carpets, while premium touches like the panoramic roof, ambient lighting, and craftsperson-like attention to detail in accent points hint at the brand’s premium aspirations as it transitions to an all-EV lineup.
The Chrysler Airflow concept is based on cutting-edge technology
The Airflow concept is the first physical hint at Stellantis’ new STLA EV platform’s performance and connectivity capabilities, which will be available in a variety of sizes across the company’s portfolio in the coming years.
The Airflow uses Stellantis’ STLA Brain and STLA SmartCockpit technology to provide each passenger with “a personalised experience that seamlessly connects them with their digital lives as well as the other passengers.”
A series of screens in the front and back can be customised to suit each occupant, and interfaces can be shared between screens using simple swipe gestures. Each seat also has a camera that allows passengers to participate in video conferences.
Using STLA AutoDrive technology, the concept is also capable of level-three autonomous driving; however, it is unclear when this functionality will be available in production.
Details on the Chrysler Airflow concept’s powertrain
A 204hp motor on each axle provides power, but Chrysler claims the platform can accommodate larger motors in the future, “offering the potential for future high-performance applications.” The Airflow’s battery capacity is unknown, but it is said to be capable of a range of 560-640 kilometres per charge.
Chrysler plans to go electric by 2028
Since first announcing the Airflow, Chrysler has become part of the Stellantis portfolio of 14 brands, and it showed the physical concept as it announced plans to go all-electric by 2028.
While Chrysler has not confirmed whether or not the first fully electric model will be based on the Airflow, the concept does hint at the design cues and technological advances Chrysler plans to implement on its first EVs.
It’s defined by “leading-edge drive-system technology, fully connected customer experiences, and advanced mobility features,” according to Chrysler, which were first hinted at in 2020.
As each of Chrysler’s European sibling brands – Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo – introduces bespoke EVs based on new shared modular architecture, this technology is likely to be rolled out to them.