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Chrysler Airflow Concept Announced At CES
For Chrysler, “old is gold.” The renowned automaker recently announced its plans to revisit its past in a bid to shape its future productions. Chrysler introduced the redesigned airflow, originally from the '30s as a revolutionary EV concept at this year's 2022 CES.
Chrysler Airflow EV Concept
The car manufacturer introduced the redesigned Airflow concept on 5th January during the 2022 CES convention. If you’re just hearing about the Airflow, this is a car first manufactured in the early 1930s.
But don’t let its production date fool you. As far as style and looks are concerned, there’s nothing old-fashioned or outdated about the Chrysler airflow. During the introduction, it was mentioned that this battery-powered design would serve as the first EV from the carmaker.
Industry experts expect the Stellantis division to launch its first battery-electric vehicle by 2025.
Battery Electric Vehicles
According to a statement released by Chrysler and Stellantis, there are no plans to share information with the public on whether or not the Chrysler BEV will go into production. The concept provided by this design promises to provide lots of techy gadgets. And this is regardless of whether it gets built or not.
From the little we know, the Airflow concept will come with a range of technology, such as Level 3 autonomous driving capability. For us at HeyAuto.com, one of the things we love the most about this car is its retro name.
The Classic Airflow – a Revolutionary Vehicle
As we mentioned in the introduction, the first Airflow was released in the ’30s. Many car enthusiasts considered it an engineering marvel. It came loaded with tons of features that assisted in enhancing passenger comfort and safety.
One feature that quickly stood out was its wind-tunnelled body. It was what made its claim to fame, and coincidentally the cause of its downfall. Although it had lots of benefits to offer, car buyers at the time thought that its looks were too awkward.
Its body was too experimental for the motoring public leading to few sales.
Chrysler EV Concept
Luckily, this is a problem that shouldn’t affect the new concept. The design showcased during the 2022 CES convention looks sleek, and some can even describe it as being suitably handsome.
While some of its parts were unfinished during the showcase, we can state that it's Arctic white paint contrasts quite well with its pillars and black roof. The carmaker has used Celestial Blue Accents sparingly throughout its body.
Elegant taillights and headlamps punctuate both ends of the car.
The wheels on the Chrysler airflow span twenty-two inches. They appear sharp and have been pushed outwards to its corners. It’s a design that provides the vehicle with a solid cab forward concept, helping it to maximize its inner space.
As its name suggests, the EV comes with a layout that resembles the old-school versions of its predecessors. The cab-forward design proved popular in the early 1990s, especially with the automaker’s left-hand drive models, e.g., the Dodge Intrepid and Concorde.
Looking at its interior space, the cabin appears airy and well-lit. It comes with acres of white leather accentuated by distinct accents. The carpeting and the floor mats have been made from recycled materials.
The cowhides used on the seats are vegetable-tanned to reduce the impact electric vehicles will have on the environment. A crystalline control dial has been added to the center console to complete the rich interior.
Oddly enough, this car doesn’t appear to have any air vents. But we did notice the presence of C-shaped air slots, which blend in quite well with its dashboard design.
Although most people are concerned about the impact that electric vehicles have on the environment, we still have to consider the available entertainment options. For the Airflow, you can expect to find a total of eight screens installed inside it.
One will be for the passenger riding shotgun, while every rear seat passenger will feature one screen. A large number of screens are intended to provide the passengers with a personalized experience.
As such, each passenger will have an option to access various entertainment apps and connect to their digital lives. Everyone riding in the car will get a chance to share information by swiping it from their screen to the next.
Moreover, every seat will have a single camera, which is intended to add to the car’s usefulness. Commuters can use these cameras to join video group chats, making it possible to attend all meetings that may appear in their schedules.
The drivers also have a camera. But they can’t use it while on the move.
The STLA SmartCockpit tech
STLA Brain platform powers the STLA SmartCockpit tech. It has been described as new software and electrical architecture that enables developers to build new services and features and send them to existing cars.
Developers don’t have to wait to introduce new hardware to push the features.
According to the carmaker, this innovation will assist in breaking the bond that exists between software and hardware generations. On release, the EV will go a long way in simplifying the driving experience due to the STLA AutoDrive feature.
The feature will enable the car to drive itself in certain situations, e.g., traffic jams and highways. However, the driver must always be prepared to resume control whenever called upon by the vehicle.
Chrysler’s Plan to Go Full Electric by 2028
During the 2022 CES convention, Chris Feuell, the automaker’s CEO, stated that the Airflow represented the direction that the brand wanted to take in the future. He noted that its seamless connectivity, advanced technologies, and dynamic design were a peek at what would characterize its line of electric vehicles.
Chris went on to add that the brand had put in place a plan that would help it go full-electric by the start of 2028. In his statement, he said that:
“Chrysler is an iconic American automotive brand with a heritage in creating new advanced technologies and product segments. Our brand will serve at the forefront as Stellantis transforms to deliver clean mobility and connected customer experiences.”
When all is said and done, the Chrysler airflow design looks magnificent. If anything, everything about the car appears set for production. We at HeyAuto.com join the rest of the motoring world in hoping that the automaker will indeed build this car and release it in 2025.