There’s been a lot of questions as to whether the Chrysler brand had a future within Stellantis’ large bag of brands. Given the ever-accelerating momentum to EVs, it’s not surprising that Stellantis is announcing today that Chrysler will go all-EV by 2028, and this Airflow concept previews their first EV product.
Obviously nobody feels that the curse of the original 1934 Airflow still has any relevance. Why would it, almost a hundred years later? Who in the typical new car buying demographic even knows there was such a thing, and that it flopped?
Sadly, we’ve never done a proper homage to the 1934 Airflow, a very bold and advanced car, and not just because of its aerodynamics. It positioned the engine much further forward, between the front wheels, allowing for the cabin to move forward, resulting in a roomier and wider cabin as well as a better ride for rear seat passengers. It was the first legitimate 6-passenger car.
But folks were put off by its blunt front end; that was just too much of a change. The somewhat similar Lincoln Zephyr wisely kept its prow, and was not spurned like the Airflow.
The format of the Airflow is what is becoming increasingly commonly seen with big EVs; dubbed a “crossover”, it’s really more of a tall and extra-roomy sedan with large hatch. Whatever.
Obviously, the interior is high tech.
And the rear compartment is very roomy, just like in an original Airflow sedan. or better.
The 1934 Airflow’s interior was equally trendy, with those exposed chromed bars.
I’m a bit sorry that Chrysler didn’t find a way to use a waterfall theme in the front end, even in a watered-down version. Not just because of the heritage, but because I think it could be a distinctive styling element. But then if they had, the media would start screaming about the connections to the failed original Airflow. Can’t have that. I’m curious to see if the media does make any connections to the original.