A couple of years ago, FCA presented a concept version of a modern, hi-tech minivan. According to the latest reports, this concept will enter serial production, maybe already this year, as the 2021 Chrysler Portal. At this point, we don’t know too many details, but it’s not hard to presume that the concept will serve as the basis for the new model. However, there is no doubt that many things will change. The Portal concept features loads of design solutions that aren’t particularly production-friendly.
Another interesting aspect of this minivan will be powertrain. The concept version was launched in the form of an all-electric vehicle. Still, it looks like the production model will come with a variety of options in the offer. The initial model will probably come with a gasoline engine, but we count on hybrid and all-electric versions too. The new 2021 Chrysler Portal could hit the market already by the end of this year, though 2021 seems more likely in our opinion.
2021 Chrysler Portal Design
When it comes to the base design approach, we have no doubt that the production version will have many things in common with the concept. This means you may count on a compact minivan, which will be positioned under Pacifica in terms of size. Many see it as a natural replacement for the Grand Caravan, which ends its production after more than a decade. Mechanically, the new 2021 Chrysler Portal will ride on a completely new architecture, which will be modular and able to accommodate all kinds of powertrain, whether it’s about internal combustion, hybrid or all-electric powertrain.
When it comes to the styling, we presume some of the styling solutions from the concept will be used. However, many of them will change. The fact is that the Portal concept was presented as a hi-tech minivan as many aesthetical solutions were there in order to accentuate the vehicle’s all-electric character. Such parts are actually very production-friendly, so we have no doubt the company will replace them with something cheaper.
We probably won’t see those fancy sliding doors, by a high does of resemblance is definitely expected. After all, the concept version came with the front end that follows the brand’s latest design language and has a lot in common with Pacifica. Meanwhile, the Pacifica has has received an update. So, the 2021 Chrysler Portal production version could also come with different headlights and grille shapes.
This aspect will also bring lots of changes, probably. If you look at the concept version, it came with loads of advanced tech features. It’s not just about the infotainment system, this concept also came with the advanced semi-autonomous driving system and all kinds of smartphone integration features, including the ability to take photos of all passengers and instantly send it to your device.
2021 Chrysler Portal Powertrain
As we’ve already mentioned, this minivan was initially planned as an all-electric vehicle. Still, it looks like the production version will come with a variety of options. Base models will probably come with a gasoline engine. We count on familiar 1.3- and 2.0-liter units. Both of them could come with a mild-hybrid setup, while the plug-in system is about to come too.
Finally, we count on an all-electric version. However, this version probably won’t be ready for the initial launch. We don’t know too much about the setup either, though some sources suggest a range around 200-250 miles, as well as a fast-charging option.
2021 Chrysler Portal Release Date and Price
Although the production version of this minivan has been confirmed, we are still waiting to hear details about the launch date. According to the latest reports, the 2021 Chrysler Portal could arrive by the end of 2020, though the next year definitely sounds more likely.