– EMBARGO: 12:01AM ET, January 5, 2022
Electrified pickups and SUVs may be all the rage, but it looks like there’s still plenty of room in the electric vehicle market for more battery-powered cars and crossovers. At CES 2022 on Wednesday, Chrysler revealed its first all-electric vehicle concept, the Airflow.
“The Chrysler Airflow concept represents the future direction of the Chrysler brand, providing a peek into the dynamic design, advanced technologies and seamless connectivity that will characterize the entire electric portfolio we plan to reach by 2028,” said Chris Foyle, CEO of Chrysler Corporation. In a press release.
Being a concept vehicle, the Airflow has every bell and whistle a Chrysler could include such as an in-vehicle camera for in-car conference video calls as well as the new E/E (electrical/electronic) and software platforms, STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit and STLA AutoDrive. The STLA Brain acts as the vehicle’s central control unit, allowing it to receive OTA updates. The SmartCockpit, on the other hand, operates Airflow’s infotainment system, providing navigation and voice control, as well as an in-flight app store, for both the driver and passengers. Autodrive will reportedly offer Level 3 autonomous driving features with the ability to further feature improvements via OTA updates.
The Air Flow Concept is equipped with twin 150 kW motors, giving Chrysler’s cross-wheel drive capabilities and an estimated range of 350 – 400 miles. Exterior design details include full-width LED taillights and 22-inch rims, while the leather-wrapped interior features individual climate control options, separate dashboard-mounted touchscreens for driver and front passenger (plus seat-back-mounted screens for both rear passengers) and ambient lighting that They change based on occupants’ preferences and what’s playing on the center displays.
Seen only as a concept vehicle, the Airflow arriving in 2025 could – and probably should – look and perform a little differently than what was announced today. Looking at you, promises level 3 autonomy.
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