Stellantis — the brand new automaker created by the latest merger of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles (FCA) and France’s PSA Group — is headed to CES 2022. Whereas predecessor FCA was a perennial presence on the annual tech fest, this can be Stellantis’ first CES. So the corporate is seeking to current a tech-forward picture with a lineup heavy on electrical automobiles and plug-in hybrids, together with some that aren’t out there in america.
Headlining Stellantis CES’ exhibit can be a Chrysler Airflow idea automobile, named after the revolutionary mannequin of the 1930s that pioneered aerodynamic styling. Full particulars are being stored below wraps till the idea’s reveal, scheduled for January 5, 2022. Word that Chrysler introduced a equally named Airflow Imaginative and prescient idea at CES 2020.
Stellantis has a staggering 14 manufacturers below its company umbrella, together with Citroën, which hasn’t had bought automobiles within the U.S. in many years. Introduced into Stellantis as a part of PSA Group, Citroën will make a return of kinds by displaying its Skate idea and Ami EV at CES. The Skate is basically a rolling platform that may be fitted with completely different our bodies, whereas the Ami is a tiny EV with a 28-mph prime pace that European drivers can hire for the equal of $22 a month with a $3,000 down fee. It’s unlikely that Individuals will have the ability to purchase a brand new Citroën anytime quickly, however the Ami has been tipped for Stellantis’ Free2Move mobility service.
DS, a extra luxurious spinoff of Citroën, will showcase its E-Tense FE21 Method E race automobile. Like Citroën, DS most likely gained’t begin promoting automobiles within the U.S. below the brand new Stellantis model, however improvement of future fashions will probably be merged with U.S. manufacturers like Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. Talking of Jeep, the off-road model could have its Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrids, the luxurious Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs, and the all-electric Magneto idea (first proven earlier this 12 months) readily available.
Fiat at present sells automobiles within the U.S., however the brand new Fiat 500 Stellantis it additionally plans to point out at CES hasn’t made it right here but. Already on sale in Europe, the brand new 500 maintains the retro styling of its predecessor, however is now out there solely with electrical powertrains. Stellantis quotes a spread of about 200 miles, albeit on the extra optimistic European WLTP testing cycle.
In July, Stellantis introduced formidable electrification plans, together with an electrical Dodge muscle automobile and Ram pickup truck. To assist that, it introduced battery-manufacturing joint ventures with LG and Samsung, set to come back on-line in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Stellantis can also be investing in Factorial, a startup creating solid-state batteries that it claims supply higher efficiency than the lithium-ion batteries utilized in present EVs.