Chrysler unveiled its Airflow Graphite Concept SUV this week at the New York International Auto Show, an all-electric crossover with 22-inch wheels, a sleek silhouette and automated driving features that opens a possible window on the future of the automaker.
The SUV will offer up to 400 miles of range on a fully charged battery and come with fast-charging functionality, according to Chrysler. The Stellantis brand has also touted a long list of technologies in the concept vehicle, including the automaker’s STLA AutoDrive system with Level 3 automated driving capabilities.
It’s just a concept, which means you have to be careful when looking at its specs. But with Chrysler planning to launch its first electric vehicle in 2025 and become an all-electric brand by 2028, this sporty concept could help set the direction for parent company Stellantis’ $35 billion investment in upgrading. on the market for new electric vehicles.
Chrysler has been slow to electrify, but Stellantis is pushing hard, aiming to introduce more than 75 battery-electric models and sell five million electric vehicles globally by 2030. The conglomerate, a joint venture between Fiat-Chrysler and the PSA group, don’t sell a fully electric vehicle. Its electrified lineup consists of just three plug-in hybrids: the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan, Jeep Wrangler 4xe and Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.
The concept “represents the many possibilities on our brand’s road to an all-electric future,” Chrysler CEO Chris Feuell said in a statement.
The Airflow Graphite concept looks more aggressive and dynamic than the all-electric Chrysler Airflow concept that the automaker unveiled at CES in January. This “alter-ego version” features Galaxy Black exterior paint, Cyprus Copper accent colors, a panoramic sunroof, as well as a full suite of advanced technologies.
The Airflow concept bears no resemblance to Chrysler’s original Airflow, a sleek, more air-resistant vehicle produced by the brand between 1934 and 1937. The name implies that the brand was looking to tap into the creative thinking of that era. , although hopefully with more successful results in the marketplace.
The technology inside the concept is a showcase for Stellantis’ larger plan to generate $22.5 billion a year from software in its vehicles that can sell products and subscriptions to passengers and drivers. The concept includes three areas which are already under development, an underlying electrical and software architecture called STLA Brain, software called SmartCockpit which is in built in partnership with Foxconn to provide driver applications such as navigation, voice assistance, e-commerce market and payment services and finally, an automated driving system called “AutoDrive” which is being developed with BMW.
The concept’s STLA SmartCockpit “enables an extension of digital, work and home environments, all synchronized to create a personalized experience for every passenger,” the automaker said in a statement. The SUV’s STLA Brain platform enables over-the-air updates to “deliver new and improved features and functions that enhance and enhance the vehicle throughout the ownership experience.”