It was therefore at the CES that FCA chose to present its latest concept. The Chrysler Portal has multiple talents: autonomous, connected, electric and MPV.
For its new concept, FCA has chosen to place all its eggs in the same basket. That is called Chrysler Portal and comes to give body to the rumor of electric minivan last month. Thus, with its battery of 100 kWh, it announces a autonomy of 400 km. And a capacity to recharge 250 km of autonomy in only 20 minutes.
But in a trade fair dedicated to electronics more than automotive, the Chrysler Portal is also autonomous. With an arsenal of sensors: cameras, radar and lidar. Autonomous to 100%, therefore potentially without any intervention of the driver. This is evidenced by its retractable “flywheel”. As for connectivity, the car fits into the Internet of Things . Via the large central screen.
To integrate all this small world, Chrysler opted for a minivan. And if some people think that the minivan is dead, Chrysler thinks on the contrary that the autonomous car will give it a new breath. More compact than a Pacifica, the Chrysler Portal uses all the weapons of its kind: reconfigurable interior, multiple supports for personal screens, sliding doors without middle foot, luminosity … Style emphasizes access on board, and opts for Luminous strips with customizable colors.
The interior is said to be completely reconfigurable, which is crucial for the mobile room concept, and Chrysler’s PR suggests the interior of the car is a “third space,” with home and work being the first and second spaces. I bet the toilet is the fourth space, and the closet you sneak into to sob without anyone seeing you is the fifth.
The basic concepts here are strong and quite practical, especially for a concept car, but, being a modern concept car, shit does start to go off the rails.
First, Chrysler describes it as a “next generation family transportation designed by millennials for millennials,” which is a sentence that is probably making you wince right at this very moment, and they suggest that the Portal will use facial and voice-recognition technology to customize settings for individual users, which is a little creepy.