The Chrysler brand revealed its Airflow Concept and announced the brand will launch of its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) by 2025 and a future all-electric vehicle lineup by 2028.
Chrysler says the new connected vehicle integrates the STLA Brain platform and STLA SmartCockpit to deliver seamless connectivity to transform the experience for driver and passengers. The concept creates a connected hub that brings a consumer’s digital lifestyle into the vehicle, using technology to create a customized space for each occupant.
Enabled by STLA Brain and STLA SmartCockpit, the interior showcases ideas for giving every passenger a personalized experience that seamlessly connects them with their digital lives, as well as the other passengers, Chrysler says.
Using a menu-based format, screens throughout the Airflow interior can be personalized, simplified and grouped based on individuals and interests. Information on the screens can be shared with all passengers by swiping. Customization and personalization are key, whether driving or acting as a co-pilot.
Each screen is a personalized space to access the digital world via connected entertainment, apps and downloads. Each seat also features a built-in camera, enabling occupants to participate in a group video conference call from the comfort of the Airflow cabin, Chrysler continues.
Over-the-air (OTA) updates keep Airflow Concept services current and let passengers add new features. The STLA SmartCockpit, demonstrated in the Airflow Concept and built on top of STLA Brain architecture, integrates with the digital lives of vehicle occupants to deliver AI-based applications, such as navigation, voice assistance, e-commerce marketplace and payment services.
The Chrysler Airflow Concept also previews the brand’s commitment to delivering a fully electric vehicle lineup by 2028, produced using clean manufacturing processes and made with recyclable and renewable materials, says Chrysler.
The concept features all-wheel-drive capability and is powered by two 150kW electric drive motors (EDMs), one in the front and one in the rear. The concept is designed to accommodate larger capacity EDMs, offering the potential for future high-performance applications. Drive motors are located toward the front and rear of the vehicle, maximizing interior space and enabling the large wheel size and wide stance of the Airflow Concept. The battery is designed to achieve between a 350- and 400-mile range on a single charge.
Up front, the Airflow announces its electric aesthetic with the Chrysler wing logo tied into a cross-car grille/light blade illuminated with crystal LED lighting. A crystal LED taillight runs the full width of the vehicle. The Airflow Concept features welcome, departure and animated lighting, including a unique aqua that signifies the vehicle is charging.
Technology is integrated into the interior in the form of dark glass sculptures. The central control area integrates individualized climate controls near the C-shaped air slots. Infotainment screens appear as gloss black sculptures. Seating uses a unique slim structure that rests on a pedestal base, enhancing comfort and roominess while allowing for maximum legroom, shoulder space and personal storage for each passenger. The lighting syncs to the mood of the interior and changes based on the passengers’ preferences and the content on the displays.