Over the past year, Stellantis has talked a lot about the company’s new advanced STLA Smart Cockpit, STLA Brain, and STLA AutoDrive technologies. But this morning, we are getting our first glimpse of those technologies and what they will be like in the next generation of vehicles thanks to the debut of the Chrysler Synthesis demonstrator at CES 2023.
As the first application of the new technologies in North America, the Chrysler Synthesis demonstrates the integration of Chrysler’s contemporary, technology-forward and sustainable interior design with advanced Stellantis technology to create Harmony in Motion™ in the everyday lives of customers through a mobility experience that is more user-friendly, more connected and more efficient.
The Chrysler Synthesis two-seater also represents the next step in the Chrysler brand’s revitalization and transformation, building on the previously unveiled Chrysler Airflow Concept from CES 2022, and the brand’s announcement to launch its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in 2025 and an entire all-electric portfolio by 2028.
Many people have doubted if Chrysler will survive past the end of the decade, however, it looks like Stellantis is putting its money where its mouth is and making the Chrysler brand its North American test bed for everything electric. Look out, Tesla!
The Chrysler Synthesis taps into a trio of AI-powered Stellantis technological platforms — STLA Smart Cockpit, STLA Brain, and STLA AutoDrive — to create smooth, efficient, and connected experiences between the customer and the vehicle. Branded as Advanced Technology for Real Life, Chrysler will be the first to launch applications of advanced technologies in North America.
The STLA Brain electrical architecture works within the STLA Smart Cockpit infotainment system, integrating advanced technology seamlessly through the sculpted black glass to provide 37.2 inches of infotainment for both front-row occupants.
Advanced AI technology adapts and enhances the user interface over time, with the capability to “learn” owner preferences. Over-the-air (OTA) flexibility empowers the quick creation and updating of software features, automatically downloading content and enhancements over the air to keep the vehicle fresh, exciting, and capable during each day of ownership.
Connectivity is taken to the next level through a virtual personal assistant with the ability to synchronize all aspects of the customer’s digital lifestyle, including home, work, and personal devices. The virtual personal assistant helps make life easier by automatically installing updates, synching to calendars for schedule and route planning, allowing multi-tasking while driving autonomously, recommending parking and charging options, assisting with e-commerce services, seamlessly connecting to devices and smart homes, and offering tranquil in-vehicle experiences.
The Chrysler Synthesis demonstrates STLA AutoDrive, which delivers Level 3 autonomous driving, allowing for hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road. STLA AutoDrive is also flexible, allowing for OTA updates and upgrades to let customers quickly and easily add new and innovative features, keeping the vehicle fresh, exciting, and capable. The Chrysler Synthesis cockpit demonstrator expresses Harmony in Motion through a design language that is contemporary, sustainable, and technology-focused. The two-seater cockpit is inspired by the look and feel of the Chrysler Airflow Concept and represents Chrysler’s future design direction.
The interior conveys a modern and spacious sanctuary compatible with Level 3 autonomous driving functionality. Materials are sustainable, 100% chrome-free and include premium features, such as a pair of vegetable-tanned, suspended seats wrapped with an arctic upcycled chrome-free soft trim embellished by a unique constellation-style perforation. The recycled mélange heather instrument panel is constructed from 100% post-industrial plastics and ocean plastics, and additional distinctive interior highlights include responsibly sourced textile-infused walnut flooring. The interior appointments complement the cockpit’s personalization features while enhancing comfort and the overall mobility experience.
The sleek, futuristic exterior design envelops the cockpit in a Galaxy matte black top surface, contrasted by the high-gloss atmospheric grey gradient of the lower exterior. LED lighting illuminates the distinct Chrysler badging and exterior features while also hinting at the technologically advanced and battery-electric personality contained within the cockpit.
The Chrysler Synthesis demonstrates a day in the customer’s life made easier through simple and immersive connected experiences that take place while driving and at home, as well as in non-driving situations.
The day-in-the-life experience kicks off when the day begins, as the vehicle provides a “welcome” to the owner and maps out an intelligent trip plan for the day. The AI advanced technology handles autonomous driving, locating parking spaces and charging ports, and much more, in a cockpit enhanced by an electrified, clean, and smart connected experience.
Day in the life features include:
MyDay – Synthesizes and syncs multiple aspects of the customer experience, including calendars and schedules, vehicle status info such as charge status, home smart tech features, weather updates, and more, helping to organize and map out an intelligent trip plan for the day
Vehicle Welcome – Delivers a “welcome” via virtual personal assistant based on biometric recognition
Driving – The vehicle operates with Level 3 autonomous driving, allowing the driver to multitask and access a suite of productivity-based activities, such as video conferencing; recommends lunch locations with convenient parking and charging options; returns home at end of the day and performs a smart home “wake up” upon arrival
Chill/Zen/Fun Modes – Creates a sensory experience, including in-vehicle fun and wellness experiences (meditation, karaoke, DJ game), while the vehicle is stationary or driving autonomously. The demonstrator will feature the Synthesis Music Experience, which allows customers to create and synthesize their own music
“For nearly 100 years, Chrysler has created ingenious products and technologies for mainstream customers, and Chrysler will continue that legacy of innovation as the first to launch the STLA Smart Cockpit in North America,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler CEO.
“The Chrysler Synthesis shown at CES 2023 represents the future of Chrysler brand design, technology, and customer experience by introducing customer-centric design and intuitive, seamlessly connected technology for real life,” Feuell continued. “Chrysler is focused on delivering Harmony In Motion for every aspect of the customer experience with the product, technology, purchase, and ownership experiences, resulting in harmony with the planet, our products, services, and customer experiences.”