Chrysler has yet to deliver an electric vehicle or otherwise foray into the future, but it is willing to speculate on what that future might look like. At CES, the Stellantis brand will unveil a Synthesis cockpit concept, which previews what to expect in next-generation electric vehicles.
The two-seat demonstrator is notable for being built around Level 3 self-driving technology, which assumes you’ll have your hands off the steering wheel in limited conditions.
The infotainment display area of 37.2 inches provides the usual media and navigation controls, but it is also intended to be useful when autonomous driving is active. You can make video calls, play games, sing karaoke, and even compose your own music.
It’s unclear how this would work in a production car (there’s no steering wheel in the concept), but Chrysler is joining Mercedes, Tesla, and other automakers in providing drivers with in-car productivity and entertainment apps.
Unsurprisingly, AI plays a significant role. Your schedule, smart home, and weather updates are synced with the car by a virtual assistant. Synthesis can incorporate your calendar and charge status into your route, or it can turn on the house lights when you get home.
The cockpit can learn about your preferences and recommend restaurants with convenient charging and parking. Over-the-air updates promise to make it easier to improve both the cabin technology and the self-driving system.
Chrysler is also getting in on the eco-friendly interior design trend. Both seats have vegetable-tanned leather covers with “upcycled” trim, and the instrument panel is entirely made of recycled plastics.
According to Chrysler, even the floor is made from responsibly sourced walnut. The overall design was inspired by the Airflow EV concept from last year.
It’s unclear when you’ll see Synthesis elements in Chrysler vehicles. However, the company previously stated that its first EV would be introduced in 2025, followed by a full portfolio in 2028.
This still places Chrysler behind other vehicle brands (including fellow Stellantis marques such as Maserati) that have already adopted EVs and advanced infotainment platforms. However, the American company appears to be solidifying its transformation plans — it won’t rely on hybrid minivans for long.