March 4, 2003
Chrysler Airflite concept debuts at Geneva Motor Show
Geneva, Switzerland – The Chrysler Airflite concept car was unveiled yesterday at the Geneva show. The four-passenger, five-door hatchback features clean lines, a coupe-like profile, and a spacious cargo area.
“Airflite is the ultimate expression of functional art,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President of Design. “It is designed to offer true functionality in a beautifully-designed exterior and interior package that is as exciting and as elegant as any coupe on the road.”
The long, tapered roof line, uninterrupted glass and body side forms of Airflite’s exterior resemble the Crossfire, Chrysler Group’s sporty, two-passenger coupe. The Airflite is based on a shortened version of the LX (Intrepid) platform in a rear-wheel-drive format.
The hatch cuts deeply into the vehicle’s form, with hinges set far forward for ease of opening and access. The fuel filler cap is located inside the hatch for additional security and simplicity of the exterior lines.
The Airflite’s interior employs nautical-inspired themes, unique “floating” components, including seats, instrument panel and armrests, to create an open, elegant and ergonomically-friendly passenger environment. The most striking interior element is the dominant center spine that connects the interior from front to back. The satin silver colored center console appears to be a structural member that ties the two sides of the car together.
The brushed metal look of the center spine contrasts dramatically with the natural look of the wooden floor, accented with brushed aluminum strips that protect the wood finish and reflect the centre console theme. The floor is stepped up behind the rear seats to create a raised cargo area. Leather seats enhance the natural look and broaden the range of materials of the interior space.
The four independent seats are attached to the center console, creating more open space underneath passengers. Armrests float off the door trim to enhance the roominess of the interior.
Chrysler Airflite Concept Vehicle Key Specifications
- Length: 190.4 inches (4,838 mm)
- Wheelbase: 116.0 inches (2,946 mm)
- Width: 73.6 inches (1,870 mm)
- Height: 57.0 inches (1,488 mm)
- Front: 63.0 inches (1600 mm)
- Rear: 64.2 inches (1630 mm)
- Front: 235/45R20-inch; wheel size: 20 inches x 8.5-inches, outer diameter – 28.3 inches
- Rear: 255/45R21-inch; wheel size: 21 inches x 9 inches, outer diameter – 30.0 inches
- Engine: 3.5L V-6
- Drivetrain: Real wheel drive