Some might be disappointed to not be able to hear or see anything new from FCA at the upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show. However, this doesn’t mean that FCA doesn’t have anything fresh to present to the public. In fact, FCA will be taking the veils off its all-electric Chrysler Portal autonomous concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chrysler Portal is basically an all-electric SUV that shares some physical similarities with the brand’s other electric crossover – the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. However, the exterior of the Chrysler Portal is laden with a number of eccentric design elements. For instance, the Portal concept features an uncanny nose with a front bumper that has a central hole, which possibly contains the front sensor or camera used for its autonomous driving system. Unlike other SUVs, the Chrysler Portal concept is provided with doors that open sideways. The doors for the front passengers slide forwards while those for the rear occupants slide backwards. Overall, the exterior of the Chevrolet Portal features compact packaging.
The most amazing part of the new Chrysler Portal concept is its 180-cubic-foot interior. As its name suggest, the concept serves as a portal that serves as a perfect transition from home to work – and vice versa -- as a third space. In addition, the concept serves as portal that connects the driver to the passengers and vice versa; and the occupants to the vehicle and its surroundings.
This means that the Chrysler Portal concept would be laden with emerging and future technologies that would help its occupants achieve a whole new level of engagement whenever they are seated inside this self-driving concept. To achieve this, FCA User Experience (UX) team is working with an internal UX Tiger team from the Panasonic Automotive Advanced Engineering function to determine and select the most appropriate technologies for the new Chrysler Portal to enable it to become a third space between home and work.
Ralph Gilles, Head of FCA Global Design remarked that the Chrysler Portal concept is a social hub that up to six occupants could enjoy. He added that the Chrysler Portal is designed to target the so-called millennials who are transitioning into family mode. These millennials regard technology not just as a tool but as part of their lives. Among the technologies employed in the Chrysler Portal are facial recognition and user authentication technology, thereby bringing personalization to the next level. Facial recognition could detect who is in the Portal and the SUV would automatically configure settings according to the preferences of that occupant.
Designed to perform SAE Level 3 autonomous driving, the Chrysler Portal concept is powered by a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows electric SUV to travel up to 250 miles (402 kilometers) on single charge.