Fiat Chrysler has debuted the new Chrysler Portal Concept at CES 2017 – a state-of-the-art concept the automaker says will perfectly appeal to the needs of the millennial generation.
To better understand what millennials want in an automobile, FCA compiled ethnographic research on individuals born between 1982 and 2001. Based on their findings, FCA concluded 16-35 year olds want a car that is reflective of their personality, offers value and flexibility, integrates advanced technology and is socially responsible. The Portal concept was built from the ground-up to satisfy these needs and also adapt to the buyers’ constantly changing lifestyle.
Chrysler says the Portal concept was designed from the inside out. The spacious and modern interior features soft, subtle lines and is expectedly futuristic. The technology featured is proudly displayed on a high-mount instrument panel and is joined by digital screens that can be mounted at various points throughout the cabin. Eight docking stations, located in the instrument panel and seats, are also included for charging and connecting mobile phones and tablets.
Drive is provided by a single electric motor sending power to the front wheels, with juice for the powerplant arriving via a 100 kWh lithium ion battery pack that has been integrated into the vehicle’s underbody. Total range sits at 250 miles and when paired with a DC fast charge port, the integrated charge outlet can provide up to 150 miles worth of charge in under 20 minutes.
The most exciting feature of the Portal is its SAE Level Three semi-autonomous operation. Thanks to the array of radar, LIDAR and camera systems applied to the vehicle, the Portal is capable of constantly monitoring conditions both outside and inside in order to drive itself in certain scenarios. FCA says it has engineered the vehicle to be retrofitted with to higher levels of autonomy as technology progresses, or if the owner is interested in adding it to their vehicle.
Other technology on the concept includes a concept infotainment system, a facial recognition system with biometrics, V2X software to allow the car to communicate with other vehicles and connected infrastructure, traffic sign recognition, personal zoned audio, seamless smartphone/device integration and community sharing for posting music, images, videos and more to social media.
The Portal might seem destined to remain a concept – however FCA provided some oddly specific information in the press release for a vehicle that might not be headed for production. This included an exact estimated range, charging times and mention that an autonomous system could be applied to the vehicle post-purchase if a buyer felt so entailed. Could this be the car that will one day come get you when you call the Google car?