An electric crossover from Chrysler will hit the roads in 2025, and a new sedan is under consideration
Chrysler CEO Christine Fewell also emphasized the brand’s commitment to continue offering the Pacifica small car with a hybrid engine until approximately 2030.
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Chrysler CEO Christine Fewell has reiterated the brand’s intention to introduce the first electric vehicle based on the STLA platform by 2025. The all-electric two-row crossover will be the beginning of the brand’s renaissance. Fewell added that the upcoming model will draw some inspiration from the Airflow concept that will be unveiled in 2022. However, as we noted previously, there will be noticeable differences between the upcoming model and the concept.
While the design cues hinted at in the Airflow concept were not completely ignored, the CEO tasked Ralph Gilles, Stellantis’ chief design officer, with crafting a distinctive, attention-grabbing car for Chrysler.
Read: Chrysler Design Chief Ralph Gilles Explains How the Airflow EV Concept Will Evolve
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Earlier this year, Gill said that the design concepts reviewed by Airflow “will evolve as we push the thesis further.” He described the initial concept as “just the beginning of the story,” and said in May that initial reactions to the upcoming model had been very positive.
While the upcoming car will draw inspiration from the Airflow concept, it is unlikely to bear the same name. Earlier this year, the CEO mentioned that the company was exploring several names, some rooted in the brand’s historic lineup and others entirely new. However, it has emphasized that the nameplate chosen will not follow the alphanumeric naming convention.
Whatever its name, the new model will be based on the large STLA architecture. Stellantis expects the platform to be good for a range of up to 400 miles (644 km) per charge, while 800-volt fast charging will help it handle longer road trips.
New sedan on the horizon?
In addition to confirming the launch of Chrysler’s two-row crossover in 2025, Fuel also offered some thoughts on the rest of the lineup during a conference held by Reuters. It stated that the automaker is considering adding a new sedan to its lineup now that the 300 model has been phased out. Furthermore, it noted that the brand intends to continue offering the small Pacifica with a hybrid engine “until the end of the decade.”
Beyond its cars, Feuell is leading efforts to change the way customers interact with the brand. It said Chrysler is currently in the testing phase of a digital “customer experience” website that allows buyers to configure, place orders and arrange delivery of new vehicles. The brand is also experimenting with the use of artificial intelligence in its customer support call centres.