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US firm will go all-electric by 2028; new concept also gives hints of Europe-bound Stellantis EVs

Chrysler's future-looking Airflow concept has become reality at the CES show in Las Vegas, having been previewed in a series of sketches two years ago.

The US manufacturer, which has become part of the 14-brand Stellantis portfolio since first announcing the Airflow, showed the physical concept as it announced plans to go all-electric by 2028. 

The first fully electric Chrysler model will arrive by 2025, and while the brand has not confirmed whether or not it 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 is defined, Chrysler said, by its "leading-edge drive-system technology, fully connected customer experiences and advanced mobility features" - features first alluded to in 2020 when the firm previewed its radical, tech-laden interior.

The final concept is less outlandish – and seemingly more production-viable – than the original drawings suggested, although it still places a heavy emphasis on connectivity and enhanced digital interaction. 

This technology is likely to be rolled out to Chrysler's European sibling brands – Peugeot, Citroën, Vauxhall, DS, Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo – as they each usher in bespoke EVs using new shared modular architecture. 

The Airflow concept is the first physical hint at the performance and connectivity capabilities of Stellantis's new STLA EV platform, which will be introduced in a range of sizes across the group's portfolio in the coming years 

Stellantis's STLA Brain and STLA SmartCockpit technology has been deployed in the Airflow to offer each passenger "a personalised experience that seamlessly connects them with their digital lives, as well as the other passengers". 

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A series of screens in the front and rear can be configured individually to suit each occupant and interfaces can be shared to other screens with simple swiping gestures. Each seat is also equipped with a camera to enable occupants to participate in video conferences.

The concept is also capable of level three autonomous driving capabilities, using so-called STLA AutoDrive technology, but it is unclear how soon this functionality could reach production.

Power is served up by a 201bhp motor on each axle, but Chrysler said the platform can accommodate larger motors, "offering the potential for future high-performance applications". Battery capacity is unconfirmed, but the Airflow is claimed to be capable of between 350 and 400 miles per charge. 

Taking the form of a sleek, low-slung crossover – comparable in silhouette with the Ford Mustang Mach-E – the Airflow has been designed with a focus on aerodynamics to optimise EV range, while its long wheelbase and wide track are said to "enable a dramatic stance and deliver excellent handling and performance dynamics". 

The lounge-style cabin layout is in keeping with the Airflow's autonomous and connectivity potential. The wide-format central infotainment screen is flanked by a digital gauge cluster and an independent display for the front passenger, while a pair of independent seats in the rear take the place of a conventional bench. 

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Vegetable-tanned leather seat upholstery and carpets made from recycled materials embody Chrysler's sustainability ambitions, while touches like the panoramic roof, ambient lighting and "craftsman-like attention to detail in accent points" hint at the brand's premium aspirations as it shifts to an all-EV line-up. 

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abkq 5 January 2022

Looks pleasant, like many Stellantis probucts, but convincing brand differentiation is going to be as difficult as in the VAG brands.

Jeremy 5 January 2022

The interesting bit in this is how much of it will be coming to European Stellantis products (platform, batteries, software)? It also looks way better than the Mustang Mach E.

scrap 5 January 2022

This concept could have been unveiled by any number of brands, just stick a different badge on it. Chrysler effectively starting from scratch... makes you wonder if they shouldn't just start with a brand new name as well.