(from Chrysler Press
Release) Chrysler 200C EV Concept: Contemporary Design,
Range-extended Electric Vehicle Drive System and Platform for Future
* Inspired and soulful look at the new Chrysler DNA
* Beauty and brains coalesce in Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle
with design and technology appeal
* Futuristic in-vehicle connectivity takes center stage
* ENVI’s Range-extended Electric Vehicle drive system with 400-mile
* 40-mile, all-electric range with zero fuel consumption and zero
Detroit, Jan 11, 2009 - The definitive blend of design and
technology, the all-new Chrysler 200C EV concept redefines the idea
of responsible mobility with a touch of class and sophistication
never before embodied so elegantly in one vehicle.
“The Chrysler 200C EV concept represents the perfect blend of
provocative design and leading-edge technology, as well as the new
Chrysler DNA,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product
Development, Chrysler LLC. “Chrysler’s latest concept vehicle
combines the benefits of progressive, ENVI Range-extended Electric
Vehicle technology – which offers nearly zero emissions during daily
commutes – with a design that boasts a combination of modern shapes,
a planted athletic stance with classic overtones and an undeniably
“What makes the Chrysler 200C EV concept even more meaningful is the
use of technology that will make traveling and managing one’s life
an absolute pleasure,” Klegon added. “The 200C EV concept is a
connectivity portal to the world outside, creating a rewarding
relationship between driver and automobile. The result is a driving
experience that celebrates the human instinct to be connected to our
The Chrysler 200C EV concept body was designed to manage aerodynamic
forces while delivering a stunning form.
On the inside, the 200C EV continues the theme of embracing the
future with a highly sculpted and richly appointed environment. The
interior is free of switches and levers. All vehicle functions,
settings and uconnect features are managed via a panoramic
multimedia touch screen, a passenger-dedicated “techno-leaf” and a
stowable tablet PC.
Based on a shortened version of Chrysler’s successful
rear-wheel-drive platform, the Chrysler 200C EV is a performance
sedan in a package that looks spirited and agile. It delivers a
blend of style, performance and amenities that both automotive and
technology enthusiasts want.
“The Chrysler 200C EV embodies our passion for problem solving by
combining the best of engineering and automotive design,” said Ralph
Gilles, Vice President – Design. “With the 200C EV, we were able to
maximize the effectiveness of the ENVI powertrain with the stunning,
wind-cheating vehicle shape, while pushing toward the future with
the avant-garde interior and advanced in-vehicle connectivity.
“Designed for the car lover, the Chrysler 200C EV was inspired by
Chrysler’s dynamic design legacy, and provides a glimpse at the
possibilities for a next-generation Chrysler performance sedan,”
Simple and Elegant Exterior Styling
The Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle evokes timeless beauty,
coupling the organic form and language of Chrysler’s deep design
roots with the noble proportions of the Chrysler 300 to create a
modern product statement that appeals to both luxury and sports car
“It was important to design a car that not only appealed to the
Chrysler enthusiast, but also could sway the interest of a wide
variety of potential customers,” said Nick Malachowski, Chrysler
200C EV Lead Exterior Designer. “The essence of the Chrysler 200C EV
concept vehicle is sophisticated and fresh. It embraces a more
organic design philosophy and helps to push the Chrysler brand
design to the next level.”
Efficiency is a key element in the design of the Chrysler 200C EV,
as its swept-back front end contributes to the vehicle’s
aerodynamics. The front fascia is a modern interpretation of the
winged Chrysler badge, and its distinct grille continues to shape
and evolve Chrysler’s brand identity. The encompassed grille bars
within the front fascia reinforce the sinuous elegance of the 200C
EV concept vehicle with its assertive shape and precise execution.
The headlamps and taillamps are treated as dramatic sculptural
elements on the vehicle and reinforce the organic form and function
carried throughout the design theme. Their placement on the far
corners of the vehicle help to visually reduce the front and rear
overhangs and contribute to the vehicle’s efficient appearance. The
lower frontal fog lights and rear backup lights are seamlessly
integrated onto the surrounding fascia, and are minimized in scale
through the use of LED technology. Modern graphic cues, such as the
use of a dissipating dot matrix, are utilized throughout the concept
vehicle as both functional and visual elements.
The Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle projects a confident stance and
proportion with its optimized wheel-to-body relationship. The clean
body-side and restrained line work communicate an elegance achieved
only when the “less is more” rule of modern design is followed.
Simple, modern details such as aerodynamic mirrors and door handles
continue the marriage of form and function.
The eco-friendly, water-based Liquid Graphite Pearl exterior color
of the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle is a luminous, dark gray,
which conveys a serious and sophisticated attitude. The windows are
tinted in a Warm Bronze, helping to reduce air-conditioning loads.
They are surrounded in hand-crafted polished aluminum accent trim.
Comfort and Connectivity Define Interior Space
Maximizing interior comfort, utilizing space and creating a
connected environment were key objectives in creating the interior
of the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle. Natural, luxurious, organic
materials and modern furniture design served as inspiration for the
interior design team.
In contrast to the exterior color, the interior space is light and
inviting. On the inside, Leaf Green LED lighting and stitching
accentuates the organic, clean shape. A combination of Pearl,
Graphite and Leaf Green colors combine to create a warm and inviting
“The interior space of the 200C EV concept vehicle is defined by a
modern, sculptural form and language that doesn’t sacrifice an open
and spacious feel,” said Ryan Patrick Joyce, Chrysler 200C EV Lead
Interior Designer. “If occupants are given the choice to take the
short or long route home, I want the interior to inspire them to
choose the long way.”
Immediately noticeable upon entry is the large screen located on the
instrument panel. Starting the vehicle activates the electronic
instrument panel that contains an advanced electronic vehicle
information center, the next generation of Chrysler’s uconnect
infotainment system and a compound touch surface.
The compound touch surface is a touch screen that serves as the hub
for the vehicle’s connectivity system – a system that offers endless
avenues of communication and transforms the interior into a portal
to the outside world. It can be personalized to suit different
drivers or simplified based on preference. Similar to recently
introduced touch-screen electronic devices, the driver is able to
move images, select infotainment choices and customize images,
backgrounds, mood, volume and lighting by simply touching the screen
The emphasis on open space is a hallmark of Chrysler 200C EV concept
vehicle. An aluminum appliqué dramatically sweeps from the center
console, across the instrument panel and onto the passenger’s door.
The first-row compartment strays from traditional 50/50 seating and
has been cleverly designed to give the perception of a more spacious
60/60 seating space. The driver and passenger seats, thin in design
with a focus on spinal support, are covered in Pearl chromium-free
leather and trimmed with Leaf Green stitching, giving the interior a
sporty and luxurious look. All four bucket seats can be heated or
cooled with individual temperature controls.
The first-row passenger has access to a techno-leaf that houses
personal climate controls and an infotainment system. A simple touch
to the smooth glass surface deploys a personal touch screen computer
from the glove box. Users can surf the Internet, scroll through
their personal media library, schedule vehicle maintenance or send
directions to the driver. The compartment located below the
techno-leaf is a charging station for personal mobile devices.
Electronic devices can be charged by simply laying the unit on the
charging pad. Rear passengers have access to a similar charging
compartment under the cantilevered front-console arm rest.
The thick-rimmed, one-spoke steering wheel is trimmed in two types
of leather. The top of the steering wheel is wrapped in Pearl
leather and the lower is covered in Graphite leather accented with
Leaf Green perforations. The steering column and stalks are milled
from aluminum for a precise, technical feel. Drivers can move the
transmission into drive positions via the right stalk. The horn pad
is draped in Pearl leather with Leaf Green stitching and is
dramatically swept back and emboldened with the Chrysler winged
Climate control for the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle can be
utilized indirectly or directly. Indirectly, air flows through the
cabin via a metal-mesh outlet located near the windshield. Air can
be pointed onto occupants through an illuminated metal-mesh bezel
that surrounds the driver screen and passenger outboard vents.
Interior doors on the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle are two-tone.
The top-half of the door is trimmed in Pearl leather with Leaf Green
stitching and polished aluminum accents; the lower-half is an
extension of the flooring.
The concept vehicle flooring is inspired by a Zen rock garden.
Gentle Graphite waves flow from the floor, across the sides of the
center console and undulate onto the doors. Removable carpeted floor
mats are practical and sustainable as they are composed of recycled
Additional storage can be found in the trunk of the vehicle, which
contains a load floor made from recycled leather.
Advance Interior Design Studio
The interior of the Chrysler 200C EV concept vehicle was created in
Chrysler LLC’s Advance Interior Design Studio. The primary goal of
this studio is to improve the quality and fit and finish on all
future Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep® vehicles. By using state-of-the-art
design software and computer modeling processes, interior designers
can achieve quality and fit and finish objectives faster than ever
before. Implementation of the Advance Interior Design Studio has
enabled the company to engage suppliers up to a year earlier,
allowing more time for customer research, feature approval and
material selection. The Advance Interior Design Studio features a
dedicated, customer-focused, interior-centric team of designers and
ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicle Technology
The Chrysler 200C EV concept is the newest Chrysler ENVI
Utilizing ENVI’s Range-extended Electric Vehicle technology, the
Chrysler 200C EV concept boasts clean, quiet elegance and seamless
acceleration, underscoring the engaging driving experience of the
Capable of driving up to 40 miles on battery-only power – using zero
gasoline and producing zero tailpipe emissions – the 200C EV uses a
small gasoline engine and integrated electric generator that
produces electricity to extend the driving range to 400 miles.