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The Chrysler Airflow Concept: Chrysler's EV Future

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The Chrysler Airflow Concept



Chrysler has fully revealed the Chrysler Airflow Concept in a way they hadn't prior. Now complete with a full press release. The Chrysler Airflow concept portends the destiny of Stellantis’ premium American brand, which will introduce its first battery-electric vehicle in 2025 before going all-EV by 2028. You read that right, "America's Premium Brand." Chrysler is aiming up again. The Airflow previews Chrysler’s future of EV propulsion and Level 3 driver assistance.

Chrysler says the Airflow concept’s silent propulsion has a low environmental impact that supposedly inspired designers to take a similar approach to styling. The result is a graceful, aerodynamic vehicle that’s a big departure from the blocky 300 that rocked the world in 2005, and more reminiscent of the soft, smooth lines of the beautiful Chrysler 200 redesign of 2015. The long wheelbase and wide track emphasizes passenger space, with 22-inch wheels giving the Airflow a firm, planted stance. Thanks to a low center of gravity and that wheels-at-the-corners layout, Chrysler says the Airflow will offer excellent handling and performance.

The new Airflow has an exhaustive suite of connectivity features, which will allow the car’s occupants to control other aspects of their lives like home security, shopping, and even video conference calls, etc, right from the car’s cabin. Granted, most of that stuff people will never do. But you based on recent products from Jeep, watching Youtube and Fire TV should be a given for passengers.

Chrysler’s move towards electrification is based on a new company EV platform. The Airflow concept comes with Stellantis’ new battery-specific architecture called STLA. This model is likely based on the STLA Medium platform for midsized cars and crossovers. But what about range you ask? Chrysler expects a theoretical range of between 350 and 400 miles which is easy to make up since it hasn't been tested yet. Maybe we can pretend it gets 800 miles? Joking aside, the Airflow gets all-wheel drive thanks to two 150-kilowatt (201-horsepower) electric drive modules (EDMs) that combine the engine, geartrain, and inverter into a single package. An all-in-one if you will. The Airflow likely has about 400hp between the two EDMs, but you really can't combine the HP for each EDM to get a final output. That isn't how it works.


Another good thing is that Chrysler also says the platform is capable of accepting larger, more powerful power units, making the prospect of higher-performance vehicles a spark of glimmer in the eye of speed fans. Stellantis also announced in July 2021 that all of its future power modules would at least be 400-volt compatible, and that the flagship EDM features 800-volt architecture. As the standard-bearer for Chysler’s electrification plans, it’s likely the Airflow features that technology. Most likely, the Chrysler Airflow can receive over-the-air updates to keep its user interface and technology current for longer than other vehicles on the road today. With the average age of cars people drive older than ever today, this will be much appreciated.

The Chrysler Airflow concept has STLA AutoDrive technology (a shared technology with BMW), a Level 3 driver-assistance suite that can remove the driver from the equation in specific circumstances like freeway or limited-access highway driving. More advanced than other systems currently on sale in the US, Level 3 autonomy allows the driver to take their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, freeing them up to do things they probably shouldn't... heck they can eat a sandwich as the car drivers, or shave, brush their teeth.

Inside, the front and rear seats feature pedestal-style mounts that improve toe room and, as well as a full glass roof. A floating center console separates the front seats, with plenty of storage underneath the bridge for purses and backpacks. You thought floating roofs were bad in design? Now we got floating center stacks, though in this application it is much appreciated. In the back, a low-profile armrest appears between the individual bucket seats. A rear bench will likely appear on the production car. A sliding cargo floor eases loading as well.

Chrysler will become the headliner for parent company Stellantis’ EV aspirations in the United States, ending any rumors of the company being on the chopping block. The Airflow concept, which appears practically production-ready thanks to feasible lighting, mirror, and bumper designs, will likely be the first new product from Chrysler in about a decade when it goes on sale by 2025. Just three years later, the entire Chrysler portfolio will be all-electric, well before Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Audi and Volvo... which is easy when your lineup is currently 3 cars and soon to be different. It will be exciting to see what other news we will get about Chrysler's future as well as other products from Dodge, Ram, and Jeep.





















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You really can't tell from the pictures what the Airflow will look and feel like until you see the car in front of you, open the doors and look and sit inside of it.
I had the same questions of the VW ID4 when It first came out. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see one and sit inside it. It was a transformative experience in the sense that I misjudged it. Roomier than I thought, much roomier. The interior was all leather, well finished. It surpassed my expectations. The price I was quoted was $44,500.

I looked at an equivalent Mach-E earlier, and it listed out at $55,000.

The Airflow, I would estimate would be in a similar price range. When you consider federal and State rebates (I estimate $12,000), might be quite competitive with a Cherokee IMO.I guess we'll see.
 

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My hope is that they can bring this to market by 2024... Until then, can we get a 300 Hellcat? :)
 

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I agree. I thought all white interiors went away in the 80's when they deserved to be put to rest. When they age they age like crap and get dirty very easily.

I also don't understand the need to put glass roofs on cars, its stupid and needs gone.
My wife will only own vehicles with a pano roof... say what you want but it sells.

and personally I applaud any interior option that isn't Black on black on black (with a little gray here and there...), Unfortunately I am in the minority from what I can tell when shopping for vehicles, but I am thankful they do exist, and I can confirm a "not black interior" is the reason I purchased the specific new vehicles I have had of late.
 

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My wife will only own vehicles with a pano roof... say what you want but it sells.

and personally I applaud any interior option that isn't Black on black on black (with a little gray here and there...), Unfortunately I am in the minority from what I can tell when shopping for vehicles, but I am thankful they do exist, and I can confirm a "not black interior" is the reason I purchased the specific new vehicles I have had of late.
I agree with you about the black on black with a little gray. I don't think you're in the minority about that, that color scheme is used all too much. People might scoff at it but I didn't mind the all blue, red, or purple interiors of the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Seems like blue isn't used that much at all including red. I think the purple is probably extinct now.
 

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My wife will only own vehicles with a pano roof... say what you want but it sells.

and personally I applaud any interior option that isn't Black on black on black (with a little gray here and there...), Unfortunately I am in the minority from what I can tell when shopping for vehicles, but I am thankful they do exist, and I can confirm a "not black interior" is the reason I purchased the specific new vehicles I have had of late.
My XF's has a white interior and I think it looks good. At the same time it takes a lot to keep it clean it 🤦🏽
 

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The exterior design language looks just like all the rest. Not distinguishable at all.
I disagree. Today every other car has a massive guppy grille. I think it's elegant in its simplicity.
 

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Apple's success has lain in developing products and software that are conceptual leaps from what has been available previously. The Apple Car Concept does not appear to do that. The exterior and interior morphology are retreads. The only hidden factor is autonomous control, but I am highly doubtful that promise can be fulfilled in less than decades of development. Apple also puts huge profit margins on its products, which is doable for small electronic appliances but would not be possible for an automobile.
 

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Apple's success has lain in developing products and software that are conceptual leaps from what has been available previously. The Apple Car Concept does not appear to do that. The exterior and interior morphology are retreads. The only hidden factor is autonomous control, but I am highly doubtful that promise can be fulfilled in less than decades of development. Apple also puts huge profit margins on its products, which is doable for small electronic appliances but would not be possible for an automobile.
I agree. I don't think this was a good strategy for them.
 

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Seems like every garden party...(or...in this case...CES)...has to have at least one skunk......right?
Just when our sense of optimism for Chrysler brand was being encouraged......

Along come thise croakings of doom from "Tokyo Rose"...OOPS!...I mean..."Melbourne Sam"

Yes, I watched his video yesterday about who would be left in 2030. I think he's over-optimistic for Tesla, and discounts many issues, like the nature of the USA, the grid situation (it's not going to fix itself, not overnight, anyway) and the still-developing world.
 

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the grid situation (it's not going to fix itself, not overnight, anyway) and the still-developing world.
The still developing world can develop to a high standard now ...

The grid situation never fixed itself. The NYC blackouts were due to poor grid design and maintenance. Fortunately, grids can be upgraded.

What would really be nice is if they took out the Internet based grid vulnerabilities.
 

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You know, I like the Airflow more and more as I look at it. The hood shape and lines are very 200. This honestly feels like what a next gen 200, might have looked like. Which is good cause I really like the C200. I would absolutely buy this thing.
 

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Color matching over time was one of the issues that pushed gray forward...
sadly they can't even match gray from what I have seen...

I do scratch my head a bit with my new Ram, it's basically a black and beige interior but with gray (denim almost) seats which seem out of place in there, I figure it's a cost savings decision (common parts) and it's still a million times better than all black and gray.
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