Chrysler’s newest production-ready concept is dominated by screens and lots of cool techby Khris Bharath, on
There was something for everyone at Stellentis’ Electric Vehicle Day last week. Be it the electric Ram or the Jeep Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, not to mention a Dodge electric muscle car. However, the company did not forget Chrysler, whose illustrious past is little more than a shadow of what it used to be.
The Franco-Italian-American automaker sneaked some images of an intriguing Chrysler premium EV concept that is built on the group’s STLA Large platform into the lengthy video segment of its electrification plans.
Though Chrysler now only just a handful of models in the United States, like the Pacifica minivan and the 300 sedan, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares stated earlier this year that the brand would be a significant component in the company’s portfolio moving forward.
For years, the carmaker has been working on a two-row SUV-like vehicle, with inspiration drawn from cars like its Java and Portal concepts. It appears that there is finally optimism for the brand’s future, and Chrysler fans can credit Stellantis’s announced electric revolution for that, as that vision took a huge stride ahead during EV Day 2021.
The concept, presented by Chrysler's Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles, appears to be a pre-production vehicle rather than a design study, implying that we won't have to wait long for it to be officially revealed.
Its sporty-looking thin LED headlights interlaced with a fake top grille characterized by the Chrysler wing, with a larger lower “grille” do add to the visual drama of the front facia of the vehicle.
The profile is aggressive and sporty, to say the least, with highlights such as the "floating roof" design technique, integrated door handles, and massive, two-tone wheels. The back end isn’t shown, but the sloped back screen and horizontal taillights are a good thing. Gilles claims that Stellantis design studios have been engaged on the STLA Large platform and the cars based on it for some time now.
The cabin is high-tech and reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, especially in terms of the number of digital displays. The largest is located in the center of the dashboard, complimenting the fully digital instrument panel located behind the steering wheel. Large screens serve both front and rear passengers. Up front, a rotary shifter, twin cupholders, a flat bottom, and top steering wheel, and contoured seats completed the appearance, while dual entertainment screens are located on the front seatbacks.
We also know that STLA Large-powered vehicles will have batteries varying from 101 to 118 kWh. The expected range is around 500 miles in the best-case scenario. Finally, this platform will be compliant with two electric drive modules or EDM, one with outputs ranging from 125 to 180 kW and the other with outputs ranging from 150 to 330 kW.
When will it be out?
There is no word on a release date yet, however, Stellantis has declared 2024 the year of the big electric revolution. If this model is released, it may be dubbed ATLANTIC as Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, had filed a trademark application for the name last year, which is currently pending.