Chrysler Halcyon EV Concept Car Revealed

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, Automotive Editor - February 14, 2024
Chrysler Halcyon Concept

Chrysler’s current lineup consists of the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, and Chrysler 300. It’s a sad, tiny lineup for the 99-year-old American automaker. While Chrysler is currently relying on a minivan and an outdated sedan to survive, its future looks bright, as the automaker recently unveiled a sleek four-door concept called the Halcyon.

The Halcyon concept is Chrysler's futuristic take on an electric car that’s in the same league as the Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, and Audi e-tron GT. It’s low, long, and wide, while having tall fenders, an elongated front windshield, a rounded roofline, an expansive rear window, and dramatic lighting. The Halcyon EV Concept is a considerable change from anything we’ve seen from Chrysler before and is meant to offer a glimpse at the brand’s electrified future.

Some of Stellantis’ other automakers, like Jeep and Dodge, are hard at work on coming out with production-ready electric vehicles, but the Halcyon EV Concept looks more along the lines of a true concept. Chrysler claims that 45% of the Halcyon's exterior panels are made out of glass, which should give passengers a great view of the vehicle's surroundings and give the EV its dramatic lines. The concept’s doors are unique, too, as the Halcyon features rear-hinged rear doors, and flip-up roof panels that create easy access to the car’s cabin.

Chrysler Halcyon Dashboard Concept

The cabin of the Halcyon highlights the concept part of the EV. The seats look like they belong in an art exhibit, the wraparound dashboard doesn’t have any screens or controls, and the concept is fitted with a square, yoke-style steering wheel. The Halcyon concept features a plethora of sustainable materials, with the seat upholstery and headliner coming from recycled materials, the microsuede being made from 73% recycled plastic bottle covers, and crushed-up CDs being for the reflective logos in the door sills.

One standout feature on the inside is the Halcyon’s Stow ‘n’ Go second-row seats. Unlike the Stow ‘n’ Go seats in the Pacifica, the Halcyon’s bottoms of the rear seats fold into the trunk. This leaves the seatbacks in place, but opens up space in the floor for extra cargo. The yoke-style steering wheel and pedals retract when the vehicle is driving itself, as the concept features autonomous capability.

Instead of a touchscreen on the dashboard, the Halcyon concept features a curved display that sits at the base of the dashboard and stretches the full width of it. It’s a similar concept to what Lincoln has in the 2024 Nautilus, but in Chrysler’s Halcyon concept car, it’s a piece of transparent glass. Chrysler has also found a way for the concept car’s roof to double as an augmented reality display, presumably to give passengers in the back of the car a way to stay entertained on long drives.

Chrysler Halcyon Concept Side Profile with Doors Open

When the driver or front passenger wants a display to interact with, a 15.6-inch display deploys from the concept car’s center console. It can be rotated for ease of use and can store individual user profiles for a personalized experience. The car features artificial intelligence functionality, which brings natural voice recognition and over-the-air software updates that allow the car to diagnose problems.

While Chrysler isn’t sharing a lot of information on what kind of power and specs the Halcyon has, the concept car features Stellantis’ STLA Large platform that is expected to underpin the all-electric Dodge Charger and Jeep Wagoneer S. The Halcyon concept features a high-tech lithium-sulfur battery pack that’s reportedly not ready for production yet. The tech should have less of an impact on the environment than current battery packs that come with nickel and manganese. Chrysler claims the 800-volt battery has a 60% lower carbon footprint than current EV batteries.

As much as we like the Halcyon and are impressed by the concept, it’s hard to get excited about the vehicle. This seems like a best-case scenario for Chrysler if it lets engineers and designers loose with an unlimited budget. It’s a gorgeous high-tech concept with some features and design elements that could make it to production, but it seems unlikely; especially with what happened after the Chrysler Airflow. Still, the Halcyon concept shows that Chrysler has a bright, all-electric future.

Pictured: Chrysler Halcyon Concept

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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