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FCA US, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies, presented its Chrysler Portal concept at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The new concept is described as a vehicle that takes into account what the millennial generation (people born between 1982 and 2001) values and desires. Millennials were studied for the past two decades and now representatives of the said generation worked inside the company's design and engineering functions to collaborate on ideas with professionals.

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According to the carmaker, the Millennials – as the generation that will own and drive the 'fifth generation' vehicles – are tech savvy, environmentally aware and cost conscious. To accommodate their demands and become an integral part of millennials' lives, Chrysler Portal concept was designed to offer maximize interior space with a lot of flexibility between seating and cargo configurations. With seamless wireless integration between the vehicle and mobile devices, this concept enables users to "include and expand their social media communities, while taking advantage of technologic advances in battery-electric powertrains and the growth of a rapid recharging network." Chrysler Portal concept is set to deliver its promises "in a powerful, high-tech form that uses LED lighting as a key design element, and not as a mere accent."

Chrysler Portal concept is designed from the inside out, offering the driver and passengers a "third space" – interior with an open and serene atmosphere, providing an alternative environment between work and home. Thin-design, light seats are set on a track system and can fold flat, fold up and slide fore/aft. They can even be completely removed.

The driver and the passengers have twenty modern technologies available, including the use of autonomous driving mode, while the electric powertrain is the one to thank for a spacious interior.

Mounted on the front, the single electric motor is driving the front wheels and is powered by a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is integrated into the vehicle underbody and enables 250 miles (over 400 kilometers) of eletric range on a full charge. At the front of the vehicle there is also an integrated charging port that charges at 350 kW, recharging the battery in less than 20 minutes to offer 150 miles (240 kilometers) of range. Indicating that the vehicle is charging, there is the Chrysler winged badge on the front fascia that actually serves as charging indicator light.

Jan. 12, 2017 Driving photo: FCA

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