Chrysler Portal Concept Reportedly Going Into Production In 2020

Chrysler’s future is looking pretty bleak these days as the company’s lineup only consists of the 300 and Pacifica minivan.

Executives have already stated the 300 is living on borrowed time as the model no longer fits with their desire to position Chrysler as a “people movers” brand. The model is expected to be phased out in 2020 and that would leave Chrysler with just one vehicle.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like the Pacifica will have to carry the Chrysler brand alone as Automotive News (subscription required) is reporting the Portal Concept will be going into production in 2020. Little is known about the production model, but it is expected to be an electric vehicle just like the concept that debuted at the Consumer Electrics Show in 2017.

This could potentially be a wise move as Chrysler and Waymo have an extensive partnership, but the Alphabet-owned recently tapped Jaguar Land Rover to provided 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicles. The decision to put the Portal into production would give Waymo an even more eco-friendly option than the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

While little is known about the rumored production model, the concept was billed as a “six-passenger multi-purpose vehicle” which was “designed by millennials for millennials.” Chrysler didn’t release detailed specifications, but said the front-wheel drive concept had an approximately 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which would enable the model to travel more than 250 miles (402 km) on a single charge. The concept was also designed to work with DC fast chargers and this enabled the van to be given 150 miles (241 km) of range in less than 20 minutes.

Besides the eco-friendly powertrain, the Portal concept was equipped with a Level Three semi-autonomous driving system which used LIDAR, radar and sonar sensors to enable the vehicle to drive itself in certain situations. The company even said concept was designed to be upgraded to higher levels of autonomy as technology progressed.

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  • Yishay

    Super.

  • Mr. EP9

    I was always wondering what was going to take the 300’s place after it got put down. Now we know. Let’s see if Chrysler sticks with it now that FCA is under new management.

  • Finkployd

    Gurl bye

  • Bash

    This is nice actually.

  • no25

    Chrysler has one selling model – Pacifica, and THIS is what they want to make to add to their line-up? How about a real crossover? A new 300? A hatch? Nope, we get this stupid electric van.

    • 101st ABN

      Gotta start somewhere…. its better than Chrysler going nite nite with the fishes.

      • ThatGuy

        At this point it looks like they are going to sleep in the big car farm in the sky.

    • Craig

      Chrysler STILL sells about 50,000 300’s a year. So don’t kid yourself about Chrysler only having ONE selling model.

  • Paul

    It would be a winner I think.

  • kachuks

    This is cool in the way a Nissan cube is or one of those Scions. Very trendy at first, but not so good for sales when the novelty wears off. Lots of styling cues have to be toned down for a mass appeal vehicle.

  • Socarboy

    Why do “green cars” have to be so ugly

    • 101st ABN

      Because alcohol!

      • emjayay

        Naw, weed.

  • ME

    Best news all day! Sergio did hint before his death that Chrysler will become a “people’s mover” company, that exactly what the Portal will be. The same is true about the Pacifica’s nature too.

  • MarkoS

    If they could pull a practical, reliable and reasonably prices EV off looking similar, they would have something. I have thought turning Chrysler into the semi-premium EV brand was the way to go for awhile.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I hope they tone down the looks of this.

  • StrangerGP

    So instead of a crossover or an SUV they’re making another minivan?

    • KareKakk

      More SUVs and crossovers, so they can compete with Dodge and Jeep?

    • brn

      They could just as easily have called this a crossover. It’s a pretty loose definition.

  • ThatGuy
  • Liam Paul

    one day some car manufacturer will sale the sedan as retro design lol

  • KareKakk

    Any Sci-Fi fan…

  • TrevP

    I am rooting for Chrysler. They have some redeeming to do and the Pacifica was a good start, but thats old news now. Pick up the pace!

  • Karl

    R.I.P Chrysler!

  • ThatGuy

    I do hope they start producing cars and compete again. Expand the range with SUV’s and maybe a sedan or hatch.
    Dont want another SAAB, Dacia etc dooms dat for them. Chev has pulled out of many countries and for the most part do make good cars, like Chrysler they all need a clean sheet and a fresh go at it.

  • Michael_66589

    For many people Chrysler is synonymus of 300. This one of best cars in history of Chrysler corp and best looking sedan on market. Other automakers dont resign from big sedans, Audi still sell A6 and A8. Same BMW, Mercedes.

  • Craig

    The front end looks like a Pacifica minivan with a 1988 Dodge Daytona’s front end used for the grill. [If that makes sense]

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c58c4c97d40d30e44d1a8b698629d575d2188b067af774bb761b6e49d245a464.jpg

  • Knotmyrealname

    It already looks old.

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