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Halcyon. It's a rather euphonious word that refers to a time that was once great. Chrysler once had its Halcyon days, but those are long gone. With this aptly-named concept, it intends to bring all of that back in the electric era. It’s nothing like the cookie-cutter Airflow crossover that was supposed to lead Chrysler’s EV offensive. Rather, it’s a more emotional sedan that goes for something that people might remember. They might look back and say, “Those were Chrysler’s halcyon days.” That’s what the brand is hoping for, at least. We’ll have to wait and see until the production version arrives in 2025 to see if this truly makes Chrysler great again.


Currently, a peek inside Stellantis showrooms might lead one to think that Chrysler is really dying. They'd find the Pacifica minivan, the brand's only remaining model, relegated to the corner of the showroom, while the myriad new models from Jeep and Ram take center stage. That's not to say the Pacifica isn't selling well––as many as 120,665 were sold last year––but one model isn't enough for a brand that used to be one of Detroit's mightiest powers.


On that note, the Halcyon concept previews a slew of new Chrysler products planned for the near future. It not only sets the tone for the brand's updated design direction, but it also previews a sleek production sedan slated for a 2025 launch. This concept is among the cleanest designs we've seen from modern Chrysler thus far, and it carries much more drama than the cancelled Airflow did. The sedan features sleek greenhouse that plunges into the stunningly low hood (the front end is only 4 inches away from the ground), while muscular fenders wrap around enormous wheels. Finishing it all off is a set of thin lighting elements on either end of the vehicle, along with razor-sharp character lines. There are a few remnants of the Airflow concept found here and there, including a pair of illuminated wing emblems in the front and rear. But other than that, this aims for a much brighter future than the Airflow ever would have.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The cabin is about as outlandish as you'd expect from a concept such as this. The rather stark dashboard consists of a rectangular outline that passes for a steering wheel, along with a large vertical display that flows into the simple center console. Four sculpted seats face the expansive windshield, and about 95% of the upholstery is made of sustainable materials. The rear seats fold flat to expand the cargo area, which Chrysler says is a tribute to its widely-praised Stow 'n Go seating that has been featured in its minivans since 2004.


While there are some subtle nods to Chrysler's past, there are also plenty of features that the brand has never introduced on a production vehicle before. That includes personalized welcome and departure animations for each individual driver, with seating and climate settings adjusted to that person's preferences before they even set off on their journey. The Halcyon also packs Level 4 autonomous driving technology, along with a battery pack that can be charged wirelessly.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The Halcyon concept rides on Stellantis's STLA Large electric architecture, which can accommodate battery capacities of between 85 and 118 kWh, along with charging at either 400 or 800 volts. The company has previously claimed that the platform can send a vehicle to 62 mph from a standstill in around 2 seconds, while offering a range of up to 500 miles. None of these numbers are guaranteed for the production Halcyon, however, as Chrysler hasn't disclosed too many mechanical details.


It's hard to predict what kind of powertrain will power this sedan, as STLA Large platform can accommodate front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive. Interestingly, this platform also supports hybrid powertrains, which could prove very handy if EV sales continue to dwindle.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

While the Halycon's production counterpart is set to arrive as soon as 2025, it will still be preceded by several other new models. The first to arrive will take the form of an ever-popular electric crossover, which we predict will be similar in size to Jeep's upcoming Wagoneer S (not to be confused with the full-sized Wagoneer SUVs). It will be followed by an updated Pacifica minivan, and after that we will likely see the Halcyon break cover. Chrysler plans to have completed its rebuilt lineup by 2028.


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The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The Halcyon will be among several new models set to launch next year.

Halcyon. It's a rather euphonious word that refers to a time that was once great. Chrysler once had its Halcyon days, but those are long gone. With this aptly-named concept, it intends to bring all of that back in the electric era. It’s nothing like the cookie-cutter Airflow crossover that was supposed to lead Chrysler’s EV offensive. Rather, it’s a more emotional sedan that goes for something that people might remember. They might look back and say, “Those were Chrysler’s halcyon days.” That’s what the brand is hoping for, at least. We’ll have to wait and see until the production version arrives in 2025 to see if this truly makes Chrysler great again.


Currently, a peek inside Stellantis showrooms might lead one to think that Chrysler is really dying. They'd find the Pacifica minivan, the brand's only remaining model, relegated to the corner of the showroom, while the myriad new models from Jeep and Ram take center stage. That's not to say the Pacifica isn't selling well––as many as 120,665 were sold last year––but one model isn't enough for a brand that used to be one of Detroit's mightiest powers.


On that note, the Halcyon concept previews a slew of new Chrysler products planned for the near future. It not only sets the tone for the brand's updated design direction, but it also previews a sleek production sedan slated for a 2025 launch. This concept is among the cleanest designs we've seen from modern Chrysler thus far, and it carries much more drama than the cancelled Airflow did. The sedan features sleek greenhouse that plunges into the stunningly low hood (the front end is only 4 inches away from the ground), while muscular fenders wrap around enormous wheels. Finishing it all off is a set of thin lighting elements on either end of the vehicle, along with razor-sharp character lines. There are a few remnants of the Airflow concept found here and there, including a pair of illuminated wing emblems in the front and rear. But other than that, this aims for a much brighter future than the Airflow ever would have.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The cabin is about as outlandish as you'd expect from a concept such as this. The rather stark dashboard consists of a rectangular outline that passes for a steering wheel, along with a large vertical display that flows into the simple center console. Four sculpted seats face the expansive windshield, and about 95% of the upholstery is made of sustainable materials. The rear seats fold flat to expand the cargo area, which Chrysler says is a tribute to its widely-praised Stow 'n Go seating that has been featured in its minivans since 2004.


While there are some subtle nods to Chrysler's past, there are also plenty of features that the brand has never introduced on a production vehicle before. That includes personalized welcome and departure animations for each individual driver, with seating and climate settings adjusted to that person's preferences before they even set off on their journey. The Halcyon also packs Level 4 autonomous driving technology, along with a battery pack that can be charged wirelessly.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

The Halcyon concept rides on Stellantis's STLA Large electric architecture, which can accommodate battery capacities of between 85 and 118 kWh, along with charging at either 400 or 800 volts. The company has previously claimed that the platform can send a vehicle to 62 mph from a standstill in around 2 seconds, while offering a range of up to 500 miles. None of these numbers are guaranteed for the production Halcyon, however, as Chrysler hasn't disclosed too many mechanical details.


It's hard to predict what kind of powertrain will power this sedan, as STLA Large platform can accommodate front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive. Interestingly, this platform also supports hybrid powertrains, which could prove very handy if EV sales continue to dwindle.


The Chrysler Halcyon Concept Assures Us That The Brand Is Still Alive

While the Halycon's production counterpart is set to arrive as soon as 2025, it will still be preceded by several other new models. The first to arrive will take the form of an ever-popular electric crossover, which we predict will be similar in size to Jeep's upcoming Wagoneer S (not to be confused with the full-sized Wagoneer SUVs). It will be followed by an updated Pacifica minivan, and after that we will likely see the Halcyon break cover. Chrysler plans to have completed its rebuilt lineup by 2028.


Image Credits: Chrysler

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