Chrysler Akino Concept from 2005

Chrysler Akino Concept from 2005


Although Chrysler did not offer anything more sophisticated than the PT Cruiser and Neon, in 2005 the American manufacturer presented the Akino Concept, an American-style Smart Forfour whose styling should not be changed too much to be current in 2022. The Chrysler Akino Concept took its name from the designer who created the body and interior: Akino Tsuchiya, then 37 years old. The concept was Chrysler’s clever, unconventional proposal for a city car that could carry up to five people in the most compact package possible .

“I wanted the interior to have the calm, comforting feel of a living room, surrounded by an elegant shape that reflects the Chrysler brand.” (A. Tsuchiya)

Home on the road

The idea behind the design of the concept car is to bring a warm feeling of ‘being at home’ on the road. The interior is generously sized, with two swiveling front seats and a rear seat that looks like three seats joined together. The soft floor reflects the duality of yin and yang with a piece of bamboo under the driver’s seat and elsewhere a carpet of recycled or natural materials in colors ranging from brown (bamboo) to beige, for a warm and zen atmosphere. Another original feature of the Akino Concept is its asymmetric opening mechanism, with one door on the driver’s side and two doors that open in opposite directions on the passenger side for better access thanks to the absence of a center pillar.

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The instrument panel is small, namely a semi-circular screen directly on the steering column, while the dashboard has a control panel with buttons for the climate and audio system, as well as a navigation screen in smooth raised shapes. A light gray dashboard ‘sits’ above the main furniture, which is covered in a warm toned fabric that extends to the door panels.

2005 Chrysler Akino Concept

Carving on wheels

The exterior design was designed by Akino Tsuchiya as a sculpture on wheels. The slim lines of the body provide a single volume profile with a sloping roofline and a glass roof above the cargo area. On the contrary, the smooth sides are ‘accented’ by bending slightly along the length of the car, while the vertical lights block, front and rear, give the whole a sense of height. Akino’s innovative concept does not have rear-view mirrors, which have been replaced by a small camera. Large wheels are pushed to the four corners of the body to provide as much space as possible inside, so that there are almost no overhangs.

With its compact dimensions (length 3,724 mm, width 1,799 mm and height 1,604 mm), the size and design of the Chrysler Akino Concept is perfectly suited for an electric motor and would certainly fit into Chrysler’s aging lineup in need of innovation. , considered. mobility and environmental issues. Although it was not serially produced at the time, the Chrysler Akino Concept deserves to be remembered by the Stellantis bosses tasked with relaunching the brand and taking it beyond national borders. Subject to minor modifications, it will in no way look out of place next to the brand’s latest concept, The concept of air flow.

2005 Chrysler Akino Concept