Thursday, February 29, 2024

Chrysler’s New Halcyon Concept Uses Charger Daytona EV Bones

The Chrysler Airflow is dead and the Halcyon is here. While the Airflow felt like it could be a production vehicle, the Halcyon is decidedly a 100% electric concept. Chrysler makes no mention of powertrains, performance or range estimates, but it’s based on a real platform. And it’s packed with systems designed to help drivers establish a “connection with the vehicle.”

The Chrysler Halcyon is very low, with the nose just four inches from the ground. The front and rear doors open 90 degrees, revealing a spacious interior devoid of a B-pillar. For ease of entry, the roof panels open in a gull-wing shape, forming something more like a T-top from the 1980s as a futuristic concept. At the rear is a modest trunk, hidden beneath the flat rear window and the smooth shape of the car’s haunches. To us, it’s a very clean, attractive, if somewhat anonymous, shape.

Chrysler Halcyon Concept
Chrysler Halcyon Concept

Under the skin is the Stellantis STLA Large platform. This is the same setup that the upcoming Dodge Charger Daytona EV will use, and there are other connections worth mentioning. Chrysler says the Halcyon uses an 800-volt architecture, which is expected on the high-performance Charger Daytona Banshee. The bodywork incorporates many aerodynamic tricks, including a large pass-through at the front where air is directed through the grille and over the hood. This is another feature of the Charger Daytona, interesting given that the Dodge is expected to debut on March 5. Maybe the Halcyon isn’t as conceptual as we thought.

Looking at Chrysler’s list of technology systems will convince you otherwise. Chrysler says the Halcyon has Level 4 autonomous driving capability, punctuated by a steering wheel and pedals that can fully retract, allowing the driver to simply be a passenger during the trip. To that end, there’s a neat stargazing mode that changes the opacity of the glass and tilts the seat so you can, well, stargaze. There is a large transparent pillar-to-pillar screen in front, and a full-screen augmented head-up display can provide information to people inside whether they are driving or not. Everything is powered by a lithium-sulfur battery whose power is unknown.

Chrysler Halcyon Concept

This is where it gets a little weird (and even a little scary). Chrysler is talking about the Halcyon which makes extensive use of AI for a customizable driving experience, one in which the car greets you with a special light and sound display as you approach. It prepares for the journey by taking into account everything from weather conditions to your daily calendar (which is connected to the car). Chrysler’s vision for the Halcyon is one where car and driver have a personal, legitimate connection.

It doesn’t stop at a greeting. Biometric scanners recognize you and once inside, the car plays soothing sounds and adjusts everything just the way you like it. Stress-reducing audio is viewed on the car’s display screens, creating an audio-visual experience that reminds us of Disney. Fantasy. And when you get where you’re going, the car gives you all kinds of special farewells with more sounds and lights. Chrysler calls it “Harmony in Motion.”

There is no indication from Chrysler that the Halcyon will enter production in any form seen here. But it’s another step toward the company launching its first electric vehicle in 2025 and becoming a fully electric brand by 2028.

“The Chrysler Halcyon concept creates a level of serenity that fully represents the Halcyon name,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler CEO. “The Halcyon showcases innovative and sustainable mobility solutions that integrate technology and deliver value to customers while delivering “Harmony in Motion.”

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