Chrysler revealed the AirFlow Vision Concept at CES 2020, a sleek, all-electric, four-seater concept car named after the brand’s 1930s model. Chrysler has revealed the Chrysler Airflow concept for 2022, which appears to be a production-ready version of the AirFlow Vision.
- Chrysler’s Airflow concept may be a study for future electric vehicles
- equipped with two electric motors per axle
- Tech-heavy cabin includes screens for all occupants
Final concept is less outlandish than 2020 concept – and seems more production-viable – although it still places a heavy emphasis on connectivity and enhanced digital interaction.
Chrysler Airflow concept: Design and Interior
According to the manufacturer, the Airflow has been designed as a sleek, low-slung crossover – comparable in silhouette to the Ford Mustang Mach-E – with an emphasis on aerodynamics to maximise electric range, while its long wheelbase and wide track are said to “enable a dramatic stance and deliver excellent handling and performance dynamics.”
The Airflow’s lounge-style cabin layout is in line with its autonomous and connectivity capabilities. A wide-format central infotainment screen is flanked by a digital gauge cluster and an independent display for the front passenger, while an independent bench replaces a conventional rear seat.
Veg-tanned leather upholstery and carpets woven from recycled materials embody Chrysler’s commitment to sustainability, while features such as the panoramic roof, ambient lighting and attention to detail hint at the brand’s premium aspirations amid its transition to an all-EV lineup.
Chrysler Airflow concept: Technology
Stellantis’s Airflow concept is Stellantis’ first glimpse into the performance and connectivity capabilities of its new STLA EV platform, which will be introduced across a range of sizes in the coming years across the group’s portfolio.
STLA Brain and STLA SmartCockpit technologies have been deployed in the Airflow to offer passengers a “personalised experience that seamlessly connects them with their digital lives as well as other passengers.”
In the front and rear, multiple screens can be configured individually for each occupant, and interfaces can be shared between screens using simple swipe gestures. The seats are also equipped with cameras so that occupants can participate in video conferences.
Using STLA AutoDrive technology, the concept is also capable of level three autonomous driving, although it is unclear when this capability will be available in production.
Details of the Chrysler Airflow concept’s powertrain
Chrysler says the platform can accommodate larger motors, potentially opening up the possibility of high-performance applications in the future. Battery capacity isn’t confirmed, but the Airflow is claimed to have a range of between 560-640 kilometers per charge.
Chrysler plans to go all Electric by 2028
Chrysler, which has been part of Stellantis’ 14-brand portfolio since first announcing the Airflow, displayed the physical concept alongside its plan to be all-electric by 2028.
The first fully electric Chrysler model is expected by 2025, and while the brand hasn’t confirmed whether or not it will be based on the Airflow, the concept shows some of the design cues and technological advances Chrysler plans on implementing in its first EVs.
Chrysler described it as “leading-edge drive-system technology, fully connected customer experiences and advanced mobility features” – features first mentioned in 2020.
Chrysler’s European subsidiaries – Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall, Fiat and Alfa Romeo – are likely to use this technology as they introduce bespoke EVs based on shared modular architecture.
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