Chrysler brings its sexy first EV concept to CES 2022, but is it too late?

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Aging auto maker Chrysler is set to join other US auto competitors in the all-electric vehicle game, proving it this week with the unveiling of the sleek, white Airflow concept at CES 2022.

It’s not just a brilliant concept designed to impress future models. For Chrysler, which is now part of Stelantis (the 2021 merger of Fiat and Peugeot), it’s an EV flag in the ground.

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Chrysler said it plans to have its first fully electric car on the market by 2025 and plans to move the Chrysler lineup completely electric by 2028. If that’s the case, Chrysler fans can look forward to some exciting technologies.

Even though the Airflow doesn’t break any new ground in terms of overall looks (this Cybertruck isn’t wild, for example), it’s packed with most of the features, performance, and intelligence you’d expect in a next-generation EV. ,

The all-wheel-drive Airflow concept is powered by two 150 kW batteries at the front and rear of the car. They support fast charging and give the car a range of between 350 and 400 miles.

That’s acceptable, though certainly not the kind of limit-pushing numbers you’d expect from a concept car. Sadly, there’s no word on its 0 to 60 mph capability.

It has a wide wheelbase, low profile (helps with aerodynamics and EV range), and 22-inch wheels. The chassis is fitted with animated LED lights that scream, “I’m Smart and I’m Electric!” The design also has a panoramic roof, suitable for modern electric vehicles.

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Chrysler is packing a lot of smarts and customizability into the Airflow concept. Inside the STL Smart cockpit is thin, pedestal-style seating, and an unusually shaped steering wheel that sits next to a very large control screen.

Also there is another screen for your passenger. The system is powered by Chrysler’s new AI-powered STLA Brain. Chrysler promises that the system will help extend your digital life from the outside of the car to the inside. The screen, infotainment and even lighting colors will be adjusted according to the preferences and preferences of the passenger.

More importantly, however, the new STLA Autodrive Level 3 will support autonomous driving.

All STLA systems will accept over-the-air updates, which means the level of autonomous driving can increase and the in-car experience can change over time with new features and capabilities.

It all sounds and sounds exciting, but it’s nothing we can’t already find in the Tesla Model 3 or the promise of competitors like GM, Ford and BMW.

For Chrysler, like every other traditional car company, running out of fossil fuels and getting customers excited about the EV future with them is a crazy scramble.

Chrysler’s sales, like GM’s, fell in 2020 and 2021 (blame chip shortages), while Tesla’s grew.

Are airflows and a more aggressive plan to move to EVs before the end of this decade the key to regaining lost market share and sustaining them well into this century? It’s anyone’s guess but the Chrysler Airflow Concept is definitely a good one to look at.

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