The Chrysler company is planning on using the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, located in Las Vegas on Wednesday (January, 5th), to announce its plans to release its first electric model by 2025, and with the intention of eventually having a full-on electric lineup by 2028.
Foretasting just what the electric future looks like with Chrysler, the brand will introduce its Airflow Concept, an electric crossover powered by a dual-motor and enough battery capacity to get up to 400 miles of range.
Outside of the powertrain, the Airflow may also have new connectivity features that we should potentially see in Chrysler vehicles sooner rather than later. These features include an operating system dubbed the STLA Brain, which will make way for over-the-air updates.
Additionally, there is an interface called the STLA SmartCockpit, which encompasses touchscreen displays for the instrument cluster, central infotainment hub, and one reserved for the front seat passenger. The automaker said that its concept also has a camera facing each seat, allowing occupants to engage in a video conference call if they’d like.
STLA AutoDrive is the third future tech preview, this is considered to be the branding for future driving-assist features of Stellantis, which will eventually include self-driving systems. It is said that the Airflow will be geared with a self-driving system rated at Level 3 on the SAE scale of self-driving capability. While it wasn’t mentioned as to what situations that the concept can hold its own in, the Level 3 rating signifies that, in certain situations, the Airflow can handle itself, however, the driver should be ready to take back control at any time.
Avid fans of the company may be well aware that the Airflow nameplate dates back to 1934. The original Airflow model was actually a family of models, and it was the first production car made for low aerodynamic drag by the use of a wind tunnel. This feature gave the car a unique streamlined design, which proved not to be agreeable with the tastes of the majority of buyers at the time. While the car company soon made design adjustments, it dropped the Airflow altogether after 1937.
The original Airflow was certainly a flop, but its weight on aerodynamics, along with its all-steel setup, set the mood for future models. Considering the significance of a low drag coefficient for optimizing efficiency and range, the revived nameplate seems best suited for the all-new EV.
While Chrysler hasn’t revealed much in terms of specifics regarding its new plans, it is known that the manufacturer has access to a total of four platforms for electrics being made by its parent company, Stellantis. The platforms will have up to 500 miles of range and provide up to 4.3 kWh/mile efficiency in some models, as said by Stellantis.
The parent company has also signed a memorandum of understanding with LG Energy Solution for anticipated battery supply in the U.S., and is also backing solid-state battery developer, Factorial.
However, Stellantis CEO, Carlos Tavares has said that the additional cost of constructing electrics is “beyond the limits” for what the industry can sustain.
For the time being, the only plug-in vehicle that is currently available is the Pacifica Hybrid minivan. Other available models are the traditional gasoline-powered Pacifica and the 300 sedan.
Miami Lakes Chrysler
Although we may have to wait a while for Chrysler’s new electric concept, you’ll never have to wait for anything at Miami Lakes Chrysler. We sell a superb bundle of vehicles from the brand that range in various shapes and prices, such as with their Pacifica Hybrid minivan or full-size 300 sedan.
Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory. Once you find something that suits your particular style and budget, you can virtually chat with one of our representatives for further information and assistance.
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