The Chrysler Airflite, the newest design statement from DaimlerChrysler, blends the passion of Chrysler design, the styling of a coupe and the practicality and function of a sedan to create a unique interpretation of the five-door hatchback. The long, clean aerodynamic lines of Airflite’s striking profile combine with the spacious, creative but practical interior to produce a car that is as much museum-quality sculpture as it is personal transportation. It brings form and function together in a stylish, sporty vehicle designed to appeal to the mainstream market segment.
The long, tapered roof line, uninterrupted glass and body side forms of Airflite’s exterior evoke the emotion of the Crossfire, Chrysler Group’s sporty, two-passenger coupe. But Airflite delivers a wealth of new ideas that bring new excitement to the four-passenger sedan segment.
In creating Airflite, exterior designer Greg Howell and interior designer Simeon Kim drew on influences from sources as diverse as contemporary furniture design; classic marine architecture; and the Chrysler Building, an Art Deco icon of the New York City skyline. The result is a sedan-coupe hybrid that offers five doors and full-size seating for four in an elegant vehicle that resembles a piece of uniquely American sculpture. The seven-spoke road wheel design recaptures the theme used on the Crossfire and Chrysler Pacifica, two of the brand’s latest products.
The Airflite’s interior employs nautical-inspired themes, creative use of materials and 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.
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Source: Chrysler Press Release