The Chrysler Airflow Concept has made its official debut at the 2022 CES Show, giving us a glimpse at the brand’s future plans. Additionally, the brand also announced that its first battery-electric vehicle will arrive in 2025.
Chrysler will have an all-electric lineup by 2028 according to Chris Feuell, Chief Executive Officer of the Chrysler Brand. “Chrysler is an iconic American automotive brand, with a heritage in creating new advanced technologies and product segments,” added Feuell. “Our brand will serve at the forefront as Stellantis transforms to deliver clean mobility and connected customer experiences.”
One of the key features of the Chrysler Airflow Concept is its user interface. It uses the STLA Brain and STLA SmartCockpit, which Stellantis says delivers seamless connectivity, creating a digital hub for the driver and passengers. The user interface can also be personalized, simplified, and grouped based on interests and preferences. Occupants can also share what’s on their screen via swiping. Each display on the Airflow Concept is also customizable and enables passengers to access various app and entertainment options.
Over-the-air (OTA) updates keep the car fresh, enabling the automaker to add new features to enhance the ownership experience over time. This is possible thanks to the STLA Brain electrical/electronic software architecture, which no longer requires new hardware to launch to add new features via software. Stellantis’ level 3 autonomous driving technology, dubbed STLA AutoDrive, will be added to future vehicles via OTA updates.
Like most electric crossovers, the Chrysler Airflow Concept has a low-slung roofline. It avoids looking like a raised sedan thanks to its conventional tailgate instead of using the liftback-style one found in models like the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback. The front fascia is distinctly Chrysler, giving the crossover the family look just like the Pacifica minivan. It also features a lighting animation sequence when you approach, leave or charge the vehicle.
Like recent Stellantis products released in North America, the Airflow Concept has screens everywhere you look inside the cabin. On the dash alone, there are at least four and you have two more mounted on the back of each front seat for a total of six. The center console has a big storage area underneath, showing off the smart use of space. Most of the cabin is also made of renewable and recyclable materials manufactured via clean processes.
Powering the Chrysler Airflow Concept are two 150-kW electric motors, one mounted on each axle. This effectively gives the crossover AWD and a combined output of 300 kW, which is roughly 402 hp. Chrysler says that higher-performance variants of the Airflow are also possible since the platform can accommodate larger capacity electric drive motors. Each motor is positioned toward the front and rear of the vehicle to maximize interior space and allow for the use of large 22-inch alloy wheels. The Airflow can travel between 350 to 400 miles per charge according to Chrysler, which indicates that it’s underpinned by the STLA Medium platform.
With the Chrysler Airflow Concept taking center stage at the 2022 CES show, there’s hope for the iconic brand. Stellantis says that Chrysler will be among the key brands in North America as the company electrified every marque under its massive portfolio. The Pacifica Hybrid, currently the only plug-in hybrid minivan, served as the steppingstone toward full electrification. Considering how production-ready the Airflow is, we suspect the final version will stay true to the concept.