All-Electric Chrysler Airflow Appears at Stellantis Software Day

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
all electric chrysler airflow appears at stellantis software day

Our own Mr. Posky waxed at length yesterday about the Stellantis plan to keep their hands in customers’ pockets long after they’ve driven off the lot. Go read his take, if you haven’t already. Meanwhile, the company took care on Software Day to occasionally focus on an upcoming product – the Chrysler Airflow.

If you recognize that name from the depths of automotive history, please go ahead and give yourself a gold Pentastar. It was a full-size machine produced by Chrysler in the ‘30s, and arguably one of (if not the) first to incorporate streamlining as a method of dealing with wind resistance at speed. Its oddball-for-the-time shape did it no favors and the Airflow was only in showrooms for about five years. Surely Chrysler hopes for a better batting average this time around.

The new Airflow shown yesterday is an EV (because of course it is) wearing Chrysler-ish clothes and appearing to be about the same size as the Ford Mach-E. It’s technically a concept car but a few of the details – real sideview mirrors and realistic lighting – provide clues that this vehicle may be a lot closer to production than we think. It’ll surely ride on a variant of the STLA Medium platform, one of several structures the company showed during its EV day earlier this year.

At that time, the suits told us that vehicles built on the STLA Medium bones could potentially pack over 400 miles of driving range; if true, that will set it up for success against tough competition like the Mach-E and Model Y. It’s worth noting that, during yesterday’s presentation, a screen inside the Airflow was shown to display a readout of horsepower during a simulated acceleration run, with the CGI digit easily eclipsing the 300 mark. That amount of horses would also compare favorably to certain trims of the competition mentioned above.

Speaking of, there’s no shortage of screens inside the Airflow, with units upfront for driver and passenger, plus a couple in the center stack for infotainment purposes and ventilation. In this, it is not unlike the massive Grand Wagoneer, which has four screens in the front row plus three more in the aft compartment. Someone at Stellantis must have a brother working at a touchscreen factory.

With each of the 14 Stellantis brands generously given approximately a decade to prove their worth, a machine like the Airflow could be just the ticket to bolstering Chrysler’s lean showroom. Since the crew at Dodge are busy making electric muscle cars and Jeep is fiddling with off-road EVs, the upmarket EV crossover segment could be the play that saves Chrysler’s bacon.

[Images: Stellantis]

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Dec 08, 2021

    I expected Airflow to have something in common with original Airflow. But that's me. How many people know though about original Chrysler Airflow was. May be it would be better to start with Imperial full size SUV kind of thing?

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    • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Dec 09, 2021

      Hybrid Imperial based on the Grand Wagoneer platform.

  • Ponchoman49 Ponchoman49 on Dec 14, 2021

    If this featureless, shapeless blob is all they can come up with they might as well kill Chrysler

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
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  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?