Chrysler unveils Halcyon EV concept car

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The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

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DETROIT – Chrysler unveiled its future product direction Tuesday with a new concept car called the “Halcyon,” as the once-prominent auto company seeks to gain attention among lack of new products.

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

However, it is likely that consumers will have to wait a little to buy a new Chrysler with such technologies or anything that may resemble the concept car.

After discontinuing the Chrysler 300 sedan last year, the brand’s only product is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, including a plug-in hybrid electric model. In addition to updating the minivan, Chrysler – owns it Stellantisthe company formed through a merger between Fiat Chrysler and French carmaker PSA Group – is not expected to have a new vehicle until next year.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

That new vehicle — a crossover, not a car — is expected to be Chrysler’s first all-electric vehicle, as the brand transitions to offer “a full line of innovative, untethered EVs.” only by 2028.

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

She said Chrysler’s parent companies didn’t invest in the brand “for a long time.”

“I would always like to have more and more, but I can tell you that over the last few years, we have not only grown sales, we have grown the brand’s profitability greatly improved,” said Feuell.

She said that despite slower-than-expected EV sales adoption in the US, the company is still on track to transition.

Feuell said the brand, which sold about 144,000 vehicles last year in the U.S. and Canada, will make a “very good profit” in 2023. That earnings will help fund the future vehicles promoted with the Halcyon concept, she said.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

Automakers regularly use concept vehicles to gauge customer interest or to show the future direction of a vehicle or brand. The vehicles are not allowed to be sold to consumers.

The Halcyon concept car has “harmony in motion” and sustainability principles, according to several executives. The vehicle is built on one of Stellantis’ next-generation EV platforms. It includes synthetic materials other than leather; Outside glass surface 45%; and uses 95% sustainable interior materials, including compressed compact discs, or CDs, as the Chrysler logo at the entrance of the vehicle.

The car is the latest concept from Chrysler following the “Portal”-like small vehicle in 2017, the Airflow crossover in 2022 and the “Synthesis Cockpit” demonstrator in 2023.

The Halcyon was scheduled to be unveiled at the tech trade show CES in January, but Stellantis canceled those plans as well as other events to save capital.

The Chrysler Halcyon concept car.

Stellantis

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