FCA to debut configurable concept along with an interactive UX at the CES 2020
While Hyundai plans to vow the CES audience with its flying car concept, FCA aims to address multiple mobility issues with its broader product portfolio. The upcoming CES 2020 will witness FCA introduce not just greener solutions for mobility, but also debut its customisable EV concept along with a sophisticated yet interactive in-car infotainment system.
The sophisticated in-car software will feature in the carmaker’s Airflow Vision Concept. Claimed as the ‘next generation of premium transportation’ by the firm, the muscular crossover resembling concept carries a unique UX developed to improve driver-passenger interactions.
The firm has tried to replicate the clean exterior design on the inside as well. While the exterior make does with lesser slashes and cuts, the buttons get replaced by as many as six screens to obtain that seamless design. Just two physicals buttons reside inside - one for start/stop and the other for operating steering mounted functions.
Now, a screen-heavy dashboard layout isn’t something new. We’ve previously seen it in the Porsche Taycan, and one can expect it to see in most of the future cars as well. What’s different here is how these screens have been designed to interact. Information on the screens can be shared with all passengers by swiping, allowing each passenger to participate in the experience. Moreover, the system uses a menu-based format which allows the users to personalise, simplify and group information as per individual needs.
Even though this concept utilises the dimensions and flat-load floor of the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV minivan, the interior is said to drip with premium materials like suede and leather. Calm ambient lighting will accentuate a first-class-like travel experience while the seats, designed as unique slim structures stationed on a pedestal base, will maximise comfort and space inside.
Personalisation or customisation isn’t restricted to screens at the CES as Fiat will also be debuting its innovative Concept Centoventi for the North American market. Introduced at last year’s Geneva International Motor Show, this concept resembles a DIY project. Instead of the usual annual facelifts, the user can replace body panels to get a new look every day. Furthermore, the interior accessories are interchangeable, and they can get installed following a simple plug-and-play mode. The replacement scheme also extends to the range: allowing the user to decide whether he wants 60 miles or 300 miles for that day.
Out of all FCA brands, the Jeep brand is said to exhibit three plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. All Jeep branded vehicles, electrified in any way, are said to carry a new “Jeep 4xe badge”. The three cars in question are said to include the Wrangler, Compass and Renegade models. As per the brand, this step should be considered as its first in offering electrification options on all models by 2022.