Chrysler unveils Halcyon EV concept car


The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

DETROIT — Chrysler revealed its future product direction Tuesday with a new concept car called “Halcyon,” as the once-major automaker tries to attract attention amid a shortage of new products.

The concept car is a stylish, forward-looking sports car designed to incorporate emerging technologies such as autonomous driving, new battery materials and charging capabilities for electric vehicles. It features an updated Chrysler logo and other design features that officials say will carry over to production vehicles.

However, consumers will likely have to wait a while before purchasing a new Chrysler with such technologies or anything that might resemble the concept car.

After the Chrysler 300 sedan was discontinued last year, the brand's only product is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, including a plug-in hybrid electric model. In addition to an update to the minivan, Chrysler — owned by Stellantisthe company resulting from the merger between Fiat Chrysler and the French car manufacturer Groupe PSA, is not expected to offer a new vehicle until next year.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

This new vehicle – a crossover, not a car – is expected to be Chrysler's first fully electric vehicle, as the brand exclusively offers “a full range of innovative and perfectly connected electric vehicles” by 2028.

Chrysler CEO Christine Feuell, who began leading the brand in September 2021, said the company plans to roll out such a lineup of vehicles “in rapid succession” after the EV crossover next year.

She said Chrysler's parent companies haven't invested in the brand “in a very long time.”

“I always wish we had more and faster, but I can tell you that over the last few years we have not only increased our sales, but we have significantly improved the profitability of the brand,” Feuell said.

She said that despite slower-than-expected adoption of electric vehicle sales in the United States, the company remained on track for its transition.

Feuell said the brand, which sold about 144,000 vehicles last year in the United States and Canada, “made a very good profit” in 2023. Those profits will help finance future vehicles inspired by the Halcyon concept, she declared.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

Automakers regularly use concept vehicles to gauge customer interest or show the future direction of a vehicle or brand. The vehicles are not intended for sale to consumers.

The Halcyon concept car boasts “harmony in motion” and principles of sustainability, according to several officials. The vehicle is built on one of Stellantis' next-generation EV platforms. It includes synthetic materials rather than leather; 45% exterior glass surface; and uses 95% sustainable interior materials, including crushed compact discs or CDs, such as the Chrysler logo at the vehicle's entry.

The car is Chrysler's latest concept following a “Portal” minivan in 2017, an Airflow crossover in 2022 and a “Synthesis Cockpit” demonstrator in 2023.

The Halcyon was supposed to be revealed at the CES technology show in January, but Stellantis canceled those plans and other events to save capital.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

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