The Chrysler Portal concept has been unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), previewing the brand’s future range of electric and autonomous cars.
Described by the US carmaker as the “fifth generation” of family transportation, the MPV features a mono-volume form that “shrink wraps” the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) powertrain and interior packaging.
The Portal’s exterior design is anchored by illuminated, portal-shaped side openings with articulating front and rear doors for easy loading and unloading of people and cargo.
There’s also a full-length clear polycarbonate roof panel that visually expands the vehicle’s interior, which the designers are calling a “third space” – effectively, an open-plan area that aims to “bridge work and home”.
Chrysler says the vehicle has been designed from the inside out and is targeted specifically at millennials.
“The Chrysler Portal concept is backed by significant research on the millennial generation. Millennials have clearly defined that they want a vehicle that will grow with them as they experience life changes,” says Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “FCA is a leader in family transportation and it was essential that we fully explored the idea of what a vehicle could look like for this emerging generation.”
Underneath, the concept is propelled by a single electric motor driving the front wheels. A lithium-ion battery pack, rated at around 100 kWh and integrated into the vehicle underbody, is claimed to deliver over 250 miles of range on a full charge.
Chrysler engineers say DC Fast Charging at 350 kW enables the battery pack to be recharged for 150 miles of range in less than 20 minutes.
The Portal also gets level three semi-autonomous driving capability, which allows the car to take over under certain driving situations.