In today’s automotive industry it seems extremely hard to stand out, at least when it comes to aesthetics. Somehow, every new car looks familiar. On the other side, it’s always a smart move to add a couple of retro elements. How far would you go in this aspect, it depends mostly on your courage and Chrysler had plenty of it 25 years ago. In 1995, we saw one of the most interesting concept cars in a very long time, called the Atlantic. It came with an extremely retro design and the latest reports suggest we could see another version of it in the near future. Some reports suggest it may come already as the 2020 Chrysler Atlantic. At this point, it is still unclear if we are about to see a concept car once again, or Chrysler has bigger ambitions this time.
Chrysler Atlantic Design
The first time we saw this concept was 25 years ago, as we already mentioned. For that occasion, Chrysler introduced something really amazing. The focus was on the retro styling, which was inspired by a couple of legendary models from the past. Car experts found most similarities with the Bugatti Type 57S Atlantique, as well as with the legendary Talbot-Lago T150 SS Coupe, which dates way back from the 1930s.
The sports coupe styling was predominately characterized by extremely curvy lines, but other aspects of the concept are very interesting as well. When it comes to the interior design, this was a typical two-seater, while the dashboard was highly driver-oriented, with vintage instrument cluster and other retro elements.
Things were equally interesting under the hood. In order to follow the styling, the engine was designed in a traditional way as well. Moreover, the Atlantic came with an inline-eight engine, something that hasn’t been used in the automotive industry for decades. Practically, two 2.0-liter engines from Chrysler Neon were coupled. So, we’ve actually got a 4.0-liter straight-eight engine, with a max output of 360 horsepower.
2020 Chrysler Atlantic Design
Considering the design of the original concept, there’s no doubt that expectations from the 2020 Chrysler Atlantic would be huge. We would once again expect to see a retro styling, with all kinds of interesting design solutions. Still, there is a big chance that we would see something completely different, a different type of vehicle. Things in the automotive industry changed significantly in the last two decades, so the focus is on crossovers these days.
Therefore, we could easily see something even crazier, a retro car with a crossover layout. It’s hard even to imagine how such a model would like.
How Big Are Chances To See 2020 Chrysler Atlantic?
Actually, really small. The fact is that the 2020 Chrysler Atlantic is just a rumor and the chances of seeing it are actually minimal. Simply, we think that no carmaker can afford such luxury to come with such an unusable concept car, which wouldn’t be able to anything of its design characteristics and technologies to some future car.
Still, this may be a perfect way to introduce some kind of a small-production “halo car”. This would help Chrysler with the popularity of future models. At this point, Chrysler is one of the most unexciting car brands in North America, as the only modern vehicle it offers is actually a minivan. It time to revive the brand’s legacy, isn’t it?