The era of the Chrysler Airflow EV concept is over; long live the Chrysler Halcyon EV concept. This one is prettier and more self-driving, so they’ll never build it, but at least it gives us hope that someone in Stellantis design is still hanging on to the undercarriage — and that’s why we’re still staying at Chrysler. .
If you squint and tilt your head a little, you can see traces of last year’s Peugeot Inception concept lurking in there. We wouldn’t be surprised if that’s at least partially true, but Chrysler’s Halcyon takes Peugeot’s wild character even further. Peugeot’s suicide doors may be cool, but the Halcyon combines them with Gullwing-style fenders. Hey, sedans with four doors; This thing technically has six.
Like the Cadillac InnerSpace and Lincoln L100, the Chrysler Halcyon is more than just futuristic. This concept is less car than autono-pod, with the emphasis on “autono.” Thankfully, it doesn’t have Peugeot’s amazing video game controller for the steering wheel, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find anything you might want to engage with in this cabin. It is intended to be driven in, not driven; in fact, Chrysler’s introductory video even featured a woman with her feet up on the dashboard, so it’s likely immune to frontal collisions and made from anti-microbial materials.
Arguing about the actual merits of vaporware is pointless anyway, so we’ll focus on the broader message: Chrysler wants to make more technological appearances (are you lonely, Pacifica PHEV?) and hasn’t completely abandoned the sedan concept. We are on board with both, but really in different wrappers. We certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the 300 revived as something that could go toe-to-toe with the Genesis Electrified G80. One can dream, right?