With many people questioning the future of the Chrysler brand in recent years, this past week the 96-year-old automaker’s new CEO, Chris Feuell announced a plan for the brand to go completely electrified by 2028. She also showed off the sharp-looking new Chrysler Airflow Concept, a peek at where the brand is headed in the very near future at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. But she did refrain from giving out too many new details about the brand’s upcoming new product.
It didn’t stop Motor Trend from asking her and Feuell did hint at a few new products that appear to be in the pipeline.
Feuell stated that the brand would jump from zero battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) currently, to at least three by 2028. “One or two” additional crossovers could be added to the lineup after the introduction of the Airflow or an Airflow-like vehicle.
The Airflow, looking production-ready on the stand at CES is based on the STLA Large architecture. The new STLA Large architecture is based on the Giorgio platform, however, now has been updated to carry Stellantis’ new BEV powertrains. A production version of the Airflow could hit dealers as soon as late-2024 as a 2025 model. It wouldn’t be long after that another crossover vehicle from Chrysler could see production.
The STLA Large architecture will feature a range of up to 500 miles (805 kilometers) using battery packs with capacities from 101 kW to 118 kW, according to the company’s EV Day 2021 presentation. The STLA Large architecture will also make use of electric drive modules that are capable of making 201 to 443 horsepower (150 to 330 kW). Each one of its configurations will use a motor, gearbox, and inverter. Stellantis is developing its own inverter with scalable technology. The inverter will run both at 400-volts and 800-volts and have phase current capability from 350 to 750 amps to deliver up to 350 kW of power.
The architecture can also able to be configured to accommodate front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive applications. The Airflow Concept shown at CES features a two-row 4-passenger seating arrangement (expect a 5-passenger layout on the production model) and is equipped with all-wheel drive.
The Airflow could follow the formula used by the all-new Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WL), offering both two-row and three-row configurations. It would save the automaker money, help with production feasibility, and get another product faster quicker. Three-row models are also hot-sellers right now and Stellantis has gone from offering two three-row models (Durango and Grand Commander) in the former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) portfolio to six (joined by the Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and Commander).
It is expected that the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada which currently manufactures the trio of Chrysler minivans (Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, and Chrysler Grand Caravan), will be the future home for the Airflow and its sibling.
As for the minivan itself, Feuell told Motor Trend that she wants to see a “fresh perspective” on what a minivan or MPV, can be. Whether that be a minivan without sliding doors and more traditional doors or something totally different has yet to be said. But it seems that some kind of minivan will continue to be part of the automaker’s lineup going into the future.
We expect Chrysler to start testing pre-production models of the Airflow, starting sometime closer to summer.
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