Chrysler Airflow Concept sets its sights on Mach-E
- Stellantis further shows the Chrysler Airflow concept that could go into production in 2024 on the STLA Medium platform, targeting models like the Mach-E.
- The automaker has already announced plans for EV platforms in three sizes: STLA Small, STLA Medium and STLA Frame, the latter of which is intended to support pickup trucks and large vans.
- Stellantis previously reported that vehicles on the STLA Medium platform will offer up to 400 miles of range.
Earlier this week, Chrysler’s parent company, Stellantis, hosted an event showcasing some of its software development efforts. But the event was also notable for giving the world a more in-depth look at the Chrysler Airflow concept, which was only seen briefly – and unnamed – about a year ago.
The Airflow has now been seen in more detail, with Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares and other executives detailing the automaker’s AI and automated driving efforts alongside the crossover. During the same event, the crossover was hinted at as more than a concept car by an executive from Stellantis, echoing earlier suspicions that the Airflow appeared nearly production-ready in its previous appearances.
“It’s closer than you think and more than a pure concept,” said Yves Bonnefont, Chief Software Officer.
This week’s presentation offered a few more glimpses of the concept’s interior, showing people taking the crossover for a ride and using its interior features, right down to details like a functional-looking glove box – a detail typically ignored on concept cars. But the automaker left no clue about the battery or range we might see in a production version of this concept.
In many ways, it’s no surprise that Stellantis would go with this particular body style for its first electric vehicle, and it’s also quite unlikely that it would only appear as a Chrysler-branded vehicle if it were to go into production. production. That means we could see it here as a Dodge and a Chrysler, while Europe might receive it in the form of an Opel, Vauxhall or Fiat with some restyling, to name a few. Its current exterior design, while giving some hints to sedans of the past like the Chrysler 200, certainly seems to suit several front fairings. Among the North American brands, it’s certainly Chrysler, which boils down to an offer with the Pacifica, that needs a new debut the most, but it’s hard to imagine Stellantis keeping the airflow. only for the Chrysler range in the United States and Canada.
Which electric vehicles would the Airflow target if it were to go into production?
The list is now quite long, considering that every automaker with electric vehicles on sale has already entered a player in this segment or is on the verge of doing so. The Airflow could compete with the Tesla Model Y, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4, and Ford Mustang Mach-E, among others.
Stellantis previously indicated that 2024 will be the year we see EVs hit the market, at least from the Ram truck brand on the STLA Frame platform. The production version of the Airflow, meanwhile, is expected to use the STLA Medium platform, which the automaker says will offer a range of up to 440 miles. The STLA Small platform, on the other hand, was advertised with a range of up to 300 miles, although this platform was supposed to be aimed at vehicles smaller than Airflow.
“The use of two battery chemistries is expected by 2024 to meet diverse customer needs: a high energy density option and a nickel and cobalt free alternative,” the automaker said earlier this year, suggesting 2024 as a general timeline in which we would see some electric vehicles. go on sale.
Of course, one problem with the 2024 launch date is that it’s still a long way off, and by the time the Airflow arrives there could be nearly a dozen competitors all in this size and price range already. on sale for years, like the Mach-E.
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