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What It Takes To Be A Roadworthy Chrysler
Chrysler combines refinement, style and function to make its newest concept car worthy of every one’s attention. The new concept named the Nassau explores the new expression and design mantra of the Chrysler brand. The four-door, four-passenger Nassau luxury coupe is, as Alan Barrington, principal exterior designer of the concept said, “a more emotional and artistic articulation of what it means to be a Chrysler.
Barrington added, “Traditional exterior proportions have been enhanced with a silhouette that recalls the classic English ‘shooting brake. This provides SUV-like interior volume with a lower, more roadworthy physique.” Fluid and sophisticated design cues are also applied to wheel placement. This is done to complement the sleek and toned stance. Despite the fact that the concept is built on a full-size 120-inch wheelbase, it appears more visually compact than a comparable Chrysler 300C.
“In order to attain a more compact appearance,” explained Barrington, “the Nassau has deliberately concise front and rear overhangs, with the body surface wrapped around the large 10-spoke 21-inch wheels.” Accenting the upgraded Chrysler auto parts is the Mystic Blue Pearl color of the body. It is further accented by Starbright Silver on the sill and the lower part of the front and rear fascias.
“We sought to capture the effect of a classic sculpture — an artistic approach with a shapely flowing of lines that give the impression of movement even while standing still,” Barrington noted. “The line in the profile draws down and into the taillamp, leading the eye of the observer toward to the dramatic back end which creates its unexpected ‘shooting brake’ appearance.”
Stepping into the Chrysler Nassau lets occupants feel the new world of auto luxury that is specifically designed for young generation drivers. The presiding interior theme is one of flowing seamless sculpture made up of leathers and fabrics inspired by futuristic architectural interiors.
The shape of Nassau was inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space sculptures. Brancusi, an artist based in Paris from the 1920s to the 1940s, was absorbed in the details of physical attributes of birds in flight and the essence of flight. The artsy masterpiece of Brancusi fits perfectly in the design mantra of the Chrysler Nassau. In fact, it gives the vehicle a constant impression of smooth, slender movement.
“The look of various components inside the vehicle was inspired by the design of contemporary cell phones, computers, iPods and MP3 players,” Ben Chang, the principal designer of the Chrysler Nassau’s luxurious interior said. “We paid close attention to the graphics and finishes of these technologically advanced products, seeking to make controls in the Nassau’s interior that the driver interfaces with similar to what you’d find in the office or among personal electronic devices. We strived to achieve a seamless interface between your car and the rest of your electronic world.”
Chrysler also equips the vehicle with freshest technologies in the industry. The instrument panel, for one, is given data display, personal control interface, and home theater-inspired entertainment. The instrument cluster is also given important details. “The look of the instrument cluster was based on an expensive watch, again because we sought to create a visible connection with what people have and use.”
About the Author: Correy Putton is a 28-year old bachelor from Pittsburgh, PA who has been around cars for the better part of his life. He now works online and writes all about his passion: cars. He is also a certified mechanic.