Chrysler Reveals Autonomous Electric Concept Ahead Of Debut At CES 2017

Tue, Jan 3, 2017 1,098

People always say the younger generation is the future, so who better for Chrysler to consult when designing its new concept car?

Chrysler on Tuesday revealed its new Portal concept ahead of its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. The Portal is an electric vehicle with an estimated 250 miles of range and Level 3 autonomous driving capability that Chrysler said was “created by millennials for millennials.”

“The Chrysler Portal concept is backed by significant research on the millennial generation,” Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America, said in a statement. “Millennials have clearly defined that they want a vehicle that will grow with them as they experience life changes. 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.”

The concept features two sliding “portal-style” doors — hence the name — that lead into an interior that’s also designed for flexibility. Inside, the Portal has seats on tracks so they can be moved and/or removed, eight charging docks for mobile devices and high-mounted infotainment displays.

The infotainment system itself includes features such as facial recognition, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and community sharing among passengers.

Chrysler Portal Concept

Based on FCA’s findings, millennials want an environmentally friendly vehicle with advanced technology. Additionally, they want a car that’s representative of their personalities, and offers flexibility. As a result, Chrysler calls the Portal the “fifth generation” of family transportation as it doesn’t meet the traditional idea of a wagon, minivan, SUV or crossover.

Chrysler also found millennials like a car that’s suited for every stage of their lives, so the Portal is capable of being upgraded to support higher-level autonomous driving systems.

All photos via Fiat Chrylser Automobiles