2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager concept car

chrysler ecoVoyager concept

This car is reportedly testing the waters for a possible Chrysler crossover, possibly, due to the time of its arrival, featuring the Phoenix V6 rather than the current 3.5 liter engine. The wheelbase is identical to the Dodge Challenger, so this may well be the long-awaited rear wheel drive crossover based on the LX/LC series (though the wheelbase on a show car is meaningless). The show car is an electric vehicle, but that doesn’t mean the body was not designed for production with a conventional powertrain.

chrysler ecovoyager interior

The four-door, four-passenger ecoVoyager features an advanced lithium-ion battery pack, along with a small, advanced hydrogen fuel cell that serves as a range extender. The result is a vehicle with a total range of more than 300 miles that emits no emissions from the tailpipe except water vapor.

Chrysler’s electric-drive systems are envisioned to be modular, with a high-level of technology sharing and component reuse. Common elements include a 200-kilowatt electric motor, regenerative braking, electrical architecture, power electronics, and next-generation, safe lithium-ion battery technology. The ecoVoyager’s battery can take it for 40 miles (16 kW-hours), while the advanced hydrogen fuel cell range extender, which drives the same motor, can add 260 miles to the range.

2008 ecoVoyager concept car

By placing the front wheels of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept farther forward than usual, designers were able to create greater interior roominess and increased legroom, especially in the rear seats. The size, design and location of all controls have been rethought to provide its four passengers the luxury of having every feature within effortless reach.

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“In some ways, true luxury is in not having to reach or search around for controls,” said Ty Stump, principal interior designer of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept. “With the new ecoVoyager concept, we carefully placed the gauges and controls in order to reduce head and eye movement. We also achieved simplicity in the interior forms, both for visual elegance and to avoid distracting surfaces.”

The ecoVoyager’s windshield defroster and cabin air-conditioning outlets in the instrument panels and doors, for example, are invisible beneath a recessed perforated mesh. This avoids visually-disruptive array sliding vanes and protruding knobs. Even the color of the interior -- soft Dove Gray with warm cherry wood accents — is designed to promote a relaxed ambiance.

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The Chrysler ecoVoyager’s unconventional instrument panel features a broad, leather-covered angled surface, slightly V-shaped in plan view and fronted by a full-width display screen set just below the windshield. The left and right outer ends of this non-glare screen contain the side-view mirror image, while a third camera image in front of the driver serves as the rearview mirror.

Unlike most instrument clusters, only currently-needed information is displayed, designed to be viewed above the steering wheel rim rather than through it (and requiring less up-down eye movement and refocusing). The front-seat passenger can view a movie without its moving images disturbing the driver. A slick, slide-out/retractable center console – fitted with hot-key buttons and a mouse pad – replaces the functions contained in a conventional vertical center stack.

The ecoVoyager’s four individual chairs are contoured for personalized comfort. The seat framing is exposed, with under-seat storage drawers. Front seats have individual cantilevered, adjustable armrests containing the window controls and heat/massage switches, while individual rear-seat armrests fold into the cabin back panel. With the ability to store six 20-ounce bottles, the floor console dividing the rear seats accommodates hot or cold beverages.

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A recessed area in the headliner between the two longitudinal skylights contains the “Direct Sound” function. With this feature, the musical entertainment choice of each individual occupant can be directed to him or her without the use of headphones, and without disturbing others in the car.

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Chrysler’s weblog included a conversation with ecoVoyager exterior designer Greg Howell and interior designer Tyonek Stump. Greg Howell said:

“A lot of my inspiration came from streamlined trains, boat tail speedsters—those old dramatic and aerodynamic cars. Also the open roof is modeled after those panoramic trains you can take through the desert and mountains that have panoramic upper decks that allow you to see the sky. I left the roof open with just this center spine running down it. It's a play on a Chrysler cue—you see a center spine on the 300C or a Sebring—but this is the ultimate center spine because this is where the satellite navigation and vehicle networking take place. The center spine also becomes the center, high-mounted stop lamp, otherwise known as the CHMSL. The open roof was done specifically to make the car feel as open as possible and to complement the cavernous interior.”

Tyonek Stump said:

“I looked at the interior from a functionality standpoint first, then aesthetic--employing a kind of aquatic design language: tension and flow, resonance and cool luminescence. We really tried to optimize the space, but instead of devoting the space to cargo, we devoted it to individual luxury. To me, ultimate luxury means not having to move. So I tried to limit head movement by using a panoramic display up front with all the driver information and entertainment in one area. Also integrated into that monitor are the rear view mirrors. It's all right in front of you so you don't have to turn your head to look over your shoulder.”

The fuel cell components are contained in the back, allowing for 50 inches of rear legroom.

Want some stylist blather?

Expressive details of the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include panoramic roof glass bisected by a center spine, tight body overhangs and a dramatic boat-tail back end. The sinuous shapes of the window graphics, headlamps, taillamps and grille openings are inspired by Chrysler’s storied winged badge.

The curving trapezoidal shape of the ecoVoyager’s grille is echoed by the clear lens-covered shadow box that houses the rear license plate. The sloping backlight features a similar shape, emphasizing the repeating harmony of the ecoVoyager’s design elements. Other exterior touches on the Chrysler ecoVoyager concept include the elongated, flaring “light catchers” on the lower doors and the front and rear fascias, enhanced by the Polar Ice exterior color.

Finally, side doors open a wide 90 degrees. Since the rear doors are hinged at the rear and there is no center B-pillar, entrance into the ecoVoyager is virtually unimpeded.

chassis

  ecoVoyager Dodge Challenger Dodge Journey Dodge Avenger
Length 191.2 inches (4856 mm) 198 inches n/a 190.9 (4848.5)
Width at H-point 75.4 inches (1915 mm)   n/a 71.8 (1824.2)
Height 63 inches (1600 mm)   n/a 58.9 (1496.4)
Wheelbase 116 inches (2946 mm) 120 inches 113.8-inch (2890 mm) 108.9 (2765.0)
Weight 2,750 lb      
Turning circle 40 feet      
Tires P235/45R22 x 8      
0-60 8.8 seconds      
Quarter mile 12.9 seconds      
Top speed 115 mph      
Battery pack 16 kW lithium-ion      

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venomConcept cars are often made so a car’s feel can be evaluated, problems can be foreseen, and reactions of the public can be judged. Some concepts test specific ideas, colors, controls, or materials — either subtle or out of proportion, to hide what’s being tested. Some are created to help designers think “out of the box.” The Challenger, Prowler, PT Cruiser, and Viper were all tested as production-based concepts dressed up to hide the production intent.


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