Chrysler, on the cusp of turning 100 next year, used to make a variety of models but is now a brand mostly known for its Pacifica minivans. But today, the company is attempting to make a bold statement about its future by introducing a concept car that is about as far from a minivan as you can get.
The Chrysler Halcyon concept is a stunning, high-tech roadster with an electric powertrain and fully autonomous capabilities. And while the automaker doesn’t have any immediate plans to put it into production, the Halcyon is intended to demonstrate that the minivan company is doing more than just sitting around and thinking about, well, minivans.
Chrysler has said it intends to only sell electric vehicles by the end of 2028, and the Halcyon is meant to serve as a demonstration for how the company will deploy future technologies. But it’s not a production-ready vehicle, lacking many relevant specs such as battery capacity, range, performance, and more. Think of it more like a full car version of the cockpit demonstrator that Chrysler released over a year ago at CES.
The Halcyon is built on Stellantis’ STLA Large platform, which is one of the four platforms introduced during the automaker’s EV Day in 2021. (There’s STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, and STLA Frame.)
Riding extremely low to the ground — Chrysler says it will only have around four inches of ground clearance — the concept also features four doors that open outward, like French doors, or as Chrysler calls it, “red-carpet style.” A butterfly-hinged canopy on either side also provides more clearance for getting in and out of this extremely low-riding concept.