Chrysler electric SUV coupe will challenge the Tesla Model Y [Update]

At the Stellantis EV Day 2021, the company teased the first mass-market Chrysler electric vehicle for a few seconds, an electric SUV coupe that could compete with the Tesla Model Y and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This is likely a near-production concept derived from the Airflow Vision concept FCA introduced at the CES 2020.

Design

The Chrysler electric vehicle’s silhouette is similar to that of the Ford Evos unveiled in April 2021. However, it’s completely original, as it’s a further advancement of the Airflow Vision concept. Like that design study, it has an athletic profile, and expresses a dramatic character.

At the front, the slim headlamps and the muscular bumper make the new EV instantly relatable to the Airflow Vision. When off, the headlamps are reminiscent of the Honda M-NV electric SUV, too. LED light blades right below the headlamps flank the Chrysler logo. The faux upper and lower grilles seem to feature a diamond pattern. The fog lamp section houses three stepped LED light modules.

The Chrysler EV gets a short front overhang and literally no rear overhang. With the wheels situated far out at the corners, it could have the longest wheelbase possible for the length of the car. This way, it can offer the most spacious interior for its exterior dimensions. The floating roof, hunched tail section, slim mirrors, and sleek greenhouse lend it a sporty stance and a new look for Chrysler. Flush door handles would reduce aero drag while also giving it an upscale styling. A squarish cover would hide the charging port located on the left front fender.

Chrysler electric SUV rendering
The Chrysler EV could compete with the production-spec Lexus LF-Z Electrified as well. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the production vehicle.

Interior

The interior takes on the Airflow Vision’s design, and this similarity is particularly evident on parts that define a vehicle’s interior, including the dashboard, center console, steering wheel, and door panels.

The interior has minimalist vibes and a high level of digitalization, typical of high-end EVs. A ‘squircle’ two-spoke steering sits in front of the fully digital instrument cluster. A floating widescreen touchscreen infotainment system allows managing the comfort functions as well. The front passenger gets a dedicated multimedia screen integrated inside the dashboard. A bridge-type console between the front seats connects the dashboard, and it houses a rotary dial, which should be the electronic gear selector. Also visible is a panoramic roof.

The production EV could get its digital cockpit from Mobile Drive, a joint venture company Stellantis and Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn, who is stepping into the auto space, established in May 2021. In fact, the Airflow Vision design concept’s interior electronics were a result of a collaboration between the companies.

Specifications

The Chrysler electric SUV coupe sits on the STLA Large, a new bespoke EV platform for mid-size to full-size models measuring 4.70-5.40 meters (185.0-224.4 in.) length and 1.90-2.03 meters (74.8-79.9 in.) in width. One of the near-production concept’s interior pictures had shown a range of 400 miles on the central touchscreen.

Chrysler electric SUV interior infotainment teaser
The Chrysler EV concept’s display shows a 400-mile range. Image Source: Stellantis/Driving

Stellantis plans to release EVs with battery packs having an energy content between 37 kWh and 200 kWh. This model would get the bigger units, but not the biggest of them. The company has confirmed that the STLA Large platform-based EVs will come with 101-118 kWh (gross/total capacity) battery packs and achieve a range of up to 500 miles.

The STLA Large platform has outstanding fundamentals, with the batteries nice and low, the EDM motors at the edges, allowing for a variety of wheel sizes, suspension heights, and widths. All of these components are out of the way, allowing us to do just about whatever we want on the top surface.

Ralph Gilles, Chief Design Officer, Stellantis (Stellantis EV Day 2021)

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Release Date

Stellantis hopes to make the American brand desirable and popular yet again for a wide range of customers with the launch of the new electric model. It will likely announce details about the first Chrysler EV this fall.

We see that Chrysler is still with the Pacifica at the number three selling PHEV in the US. And we still have some homework in the pricing power, but I can share with you that we have been improving significantly the profitability of Chrysler and we are now preparing for the rebound of this brand. And we’ll tell you more by the end of this year, but the plans are moving quite nicely to a very exciting proposal that is going to be based on fresh product, fresh technology and most probably, an innovative distribution model.

Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis H1 2021 results conference call)

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