Chrysler's Electric Plans Include Three SUVs, Electric Minivan
【Summary】Hot on the heels of announcing that Chrysler will lead the electrification charge for Stellantis, Chrysler’s CEO has provided some more information on upcoming electric vehicles from the brand.
At the beginning of the year, Chrysler announced that it would be going all-electric by 2028. The plans seem to fit the iconic American brand which has seen its sales dwindle and lineup shrink to just three vehicles. In addition to the announcement, Chrysler unveiled the swanky Chrysler Airflow Concept. At the time, Chrysler wouldn't provide any information on what electric vehicles it would sell and didn't confirm any information on whether the Chrysler Airflow Concept would make it into production.
What To Expect From Chrysler
In speaking with Motor Trend, Chrysler CEO Chris Feuell outlined a few electric cars we could expect to see from the automaker in the future. The first important tidbit is that the Airflow Concept won't go into production. There's a chance that Chrysler may move away from the Airflow name, too.
While the concept won't make it to dealerships, Chrysler will be building an electric vehicle on the same STLA Large electric vehicle platform that Stellantis is developing. All of Chrysler's upcoming EVs will be built on that platform. If the Airflow Concept is anything to go off of, the first SUV should have a 118-kWh battery pack with a range of roughly 350 to 400 miles.
After the first electric SUV, Chrysler will come out with "one or two" more SUVs. It's possible that these two SUVs could be part of the same family with the smaller one offering five seats and the larger one offering three rows of seats. With Jeep's focus on bringing large SUVs like the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer to market, we understand the need to find a way to come out with a profitable EV right out of the gate.
The most popular vehicle Chrysler sells at the moment is the Pacifica minivan. Chrysler was one of the first automakers to come out with a minivan and the body style is incredibly important to the automaker. So, it shouldn't but all that surprising to hear that Chrysler will ensure the minivan has a place when it moves to being an all-electric brand. Don't expect Chrysler to just electrify the Pacifica, though.
The Minivan Will Continue To Exist
Instead, Feuell sees the move to electrification to give Chrysler the ability to see a "fresh perspective" on what a minivan or "multi-purpose vehicle" can be, claims Motor Trend. This "multi-purpose vehicle" theme is something we've seen recently with minivans like the Kia Carnival. Automakers know that consumers are interested in vehicles that offer spacious cabins and large cargo areas, but aren't interested in purchasing minivans. Turning them into "multi-purpose vehicles" gives minivans a second life.
Chrysler may come out with a variety of EVs with multiple body styles, but Chrysler will use a lot of the same connected vehicle technology as the other automakers under the Stellantis brand. The outlet claims that future Chryslers will come with the built-in-camera system we saw in the Airflow Concept. Other features we could see include screen filters and direct audio.
Chrysler isn't the only automaker in the Stellantis lineup that's getting serious about electric cars. Dodge, Jeep, and Ram are all expected to show off serious products for their electrification goals.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Now PHEV Only
Acura Prevision EV Concept Previews Brand’s Electric Future
Hyundai Gets Serious About Electric Performance Cars, Shows off Two Concepts
Ford Looks to Have 100% of EV Sales Be Online
Volkswagen CEO Believes It Will Overtake Tesla in EV Sales by 2025
Report Claims Nissan Leaf Will Be Discontinued by 2025
Autonomous Vehicles Will Require Cities to Change Their Transportation Methods
Rivian, Mercedes-Benz Partner to Produce Electric Commercial Vans
- Chipmaker AMD to Collaborate with ECARX on a Digital Cockpit, In-Vehicle Computing Platform for Next-Gen EVs
- Researchers at South Korea’s Chung-Ang University Develop a ‘Meta-Reinforcement’ Machine Learning Algorithm for Traffic Lights to Improve Vehicle Throughput
- Chevrolet Bolt EV, Bolt EUV Get Dramatic Price Cuts
- Volkswagen’s Software Unit CARIAD Selects Innoviz as its Direct Lidar Supplier for the Automaker's Future Software-Defined Vehicles
- Elon Musk Wants to Cut Around 10% of Tesla’s Global Workforce, Blames Economic Uncertainty
- Volvo’s Parent Company Geely Launches a New Outdoor Lifestyle EV Brand Named 'RADAR'
- Vietnam-based Electric Vehicle Startup VinFast Ships its First Vehicles to the U.S.
- Qualcomm and its Industry Partners Demonstrate C-V2X Technology in Georgia That Ensures School Buses and Fire Trucks Never Get Stuck at Red Lights
- Consumer Reports Survey Finds Roughly 28% of Respondents Don't Want to Buy an EV
- Volkswagen Starts Production of the Electric ID.4 SUV in Tennessee, Presents New Competition for Tesla, GM and Ford