Going All Electric
As Chrysler approaches its 100th anniversary, it is readying its transformation into a fully electric premium brand for parent company Stellantis. The first production electric vehicle for Chrysler is expected to be an SUV that arrives next year, and by 2028, the entire lineup will be electric. In advance of this move, Chrysler is providing a peek into its electric future with the debut of the elegant, advanced Halcyon Concept.
“The Chrysler Halcyon Concept creates a level of serenity that fully represents the Halcyon name. The Halcyon showcases innovative and sustainable mobility solutions that embrace technology and offer value to customers while delivering ‘Harmony in Motion,’” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO – Stellantis. “The Chrysler Halcyon Concept brings to life a fully electric tomorrow through new technology suites from Stellantis that integrate with simple and pure aerodynamic design and a seamless, connected and immersive cockpit experience.”
The Halcyon concept utilizes the STLA Large platform, underpinning a range of new electric vehicles arriving for multiple Stellantis brands in the next few years. Dodge and Jeep brands will be the first to get vehicles in North America built on this new platform, with offerings from Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, and Maserati following.
Unlike current battery-electric vehicles, the Halcyon would use Lyten 800V lithium-sulfur batteries. These advanced batteries do not use nickel, cobalt, or manganese and have an estimated 60 percent lower carbon footprint than the cleanest batteries on the market today. While these batteries don’t exist today, Stellantis has invested in Lyten to hurry the development of 3D Graphene, the basis for lithium-sulfur batteries.
With crisp lines along the edges and a smooth, curved cabin, the Halcyon concept features a streamlined design that is both elegant and aerodynamic. Up front is an air blade – kind of a front spoiler – that allows air to flow from the front up over the expansive windscreen while giving the driver a better view of the road through the opening. A thin LED headlight bar spans the front, wrapping around the curved fenders, with an illuminated new Chrysler wing logo positioned in the center, just above the light bar.
With a flowing roofline, bold fenders, and large turbine-shaped 22-inch wheels, the Halcyon has a distinctive silhouette. Painted in Elemental Silver, the concept features Warm Black side aero blades at the front of the sculpted doors. The blades light up as the driver approaches the vehicle and can present the charge level and other vehicle information. Tiny side mirror cameras add to the aerodynamic efficiency, and there are no door handles – instead, the vehicle recognizes the driver and opens.
The same lighting format is replicated in red at the rear of the Halcyon, creating a clean, luxurious look. A lower aero diffuser, rear spoiler, and air suspension work together to improve efficiency and driving dynamics.
The center-latching doors open outward in what Chrysler refers to as a red carpet style, providing a wide opening to the cabin. To aid in climbing into the Halcyon with its low roofline, an additional section of the roof opens with butterfly-like doors, creating a large opening for easy entry and exit.
All physical controls in the Halcyon have been eliminated in favor of a transparent display that spans the windshield just above the dashboard. This display is complimented by a centrally mounted 15.6-inch screen that can rotate to either portrait or landscape or stow out of the way. Functions are accessible via voice control for easier and less distracting use. Additionally, an augmented-reality full-screen head-up display provides the driver with necessary vehicle information.
Retractable Steering Wheel
The unique yolk-like steering wheel wears a modern Chrysler Wing logo on the steering wheel, which is made from crushed music CDs. When operating the vehicle in autonomous mode, the steering wheel and pedals retract to provide a pleasing living room-like environment.
Seating for up to four
The Halcyon features four stylish, lightweight seats designed to be luxurious and supportive. Rear seats can retract into the trunk as a futuristic version of the Stow ‘n Go seats Chrysler first introduced in its minivans. This provides additional cabin storage for groceries, luggage, or other items. Alternatively, with the rear seats retracted, the front seats can slide back to the rear seat position, creating a large, inviting space.
Almost all surfaces in the cabin are made from sustainable materials. This includes the logo inserts on the front seats, which are created from the same crushed CD material. The Solar White suede used on the upper seats and doors is made from 73 percent PET bottles. Synthetic leather covers the lower seats and seat backs, accented by Mayan Gold stitching. Accents throughout the cabin are recycled Mélange Heather fabric.
Dark Gray textile-infused wood trims the floor of the Halcyon. This wood can be traced back to the procurement of the raw materials through its production, guaranteeing its sustainability.
Not only does the Halcyon have an advanced drive system with futuristic in-car technology, but the vehicle is also designed to operate in harmony with the driver. Upon approaching the car, the driver is recognized, which brings up exterior lighting, shows the vehicle’s status, and opens the doors. With biometric functions, the Halcyon recognizes if the driver is holding a package and automatically retracts the rear seat to make space. The air suspension raises the car for easier entry.
Drive or Be Driven
Multiple drive modes allow the driver to fully enjoy driving this low-slung, powerful machine, but the Halcyon also offers Level 4 autonomous driving. The steering wheel and pedals retract, and the glass canopy can dim or go completely opaque for privacy. With the driving handled by the vehicle, passengers are free to recline seats and stare up at the stars with Star Gazing mode, which uses augmented reality to project star and constellation information onto the glass roof. Alternatively, the Memory Landmark feature can use the same augmented reality system to show points of interest along the route.
While the technology is not quite here yet, the Chrysler Halcyon is designed with an undercarriage that incorporates inductive charging. The Halcyon could charge its batteries while passing over a charging system integrated into a road or in a parking spot, providing an almost unlimited driving range.
No Plans for Production
The Halcyon is pure concept at this point, with no production plans in the near future. However, many design cues and advanced features will likely appear in future Chrysler products.
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