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2017 Chrysler Portal Concept

2017 Chrysler Portal Concept

Is this the future of cars?

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show turns up some outlandish but cool technology or conceptual technology that could one day be in our future. This year, Chrysler showed up on the scene with a new concept known as the Chrysler Portal – a vehicle that Chrysler claims is “designed to keep the driver and passengers connected to each other, to the vehicle and to the surrounding world.” The Concept was built, in part, with Panasonic, and uses the brand’s Cognitive Infotainment platform as a foundation for the technology contained within. To put it simply, the concept car showcases a future for vehicles where device sharing, social media interaction, and individual recognition of passengers is commonplace.

On the outside, this concept looks oddly familiar to the Volkswagen ID concept – at least as far as generalized design goes, while the interior is wildly futurist and looks like something straight out of Star Trek. With touch panels and a massive display suppressing the need for mechanical buttons to go with a two-handled steering wheel, this thing is quite literally a space shuttle on wheels. The only thing it’s missing is a self-sustaining atmosphere, an impulse drive, and gravity plating. Otherwise, this thing could be shipped off to space for an interplanetary joyride.

Okay, in all seriousness, we’re still a ways off from that, but this concept does showcase a unique interpretation to technology, future vehicles, and perhaps a future where autonomous cars don’t actually take away our ability to manually drive a vehicle, should we choose to do so. So, let’s take a quick walk down the page and see what all the hype is about.

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Chrysler 200 S Mopar

Chrysler 200 S Mopar

Mopar is Chrysler’s parts, service, and customer service organization, but it’s also the go-to department for performance. Since Mopar offers performance accessories, it also puts together concept vehicles from time to time, and today at SEMA, Mopar has shown us that it’s at it again – this time with a Chrysler 200 S.

The 200 S by Mopar isn’t outrageous by any means, but it does showcase a number of accessories – some of which are currently available from Mopar. Unlike some of the concepts we’ve seen this year from other manufacturers, the 200 S Mopar actually has an equal balance between exterior modifications, interior modifications, and engine modifications.

Even if you’re not a fan of Chrysler’s products, you’ll still be able to find something to like about this modified, midsize sedan from Mopar. Let’s take a look.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 200 S Mopar.

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2015 Chrysler 300 Super S

2015 Chrysler 300 Super S

The SEMA Auto Show is the one event in the calendar that attracts its share of concept vehicles that aren’t really concepts but are instead reinterpretations of regular vehicles. Take Chrysler for example. The American automaker has never missed a chance to peddle its wares at SEMA, often bringing as many as 20 modified vehicles to the annual aftermarket show in Las Vegas. This year, the Chrysler 300 is part of Chrysler’s roster of attendees at SEMA and it’s taking the name “300 Super S Concept.”

To be fair, the 300 Super S Concept isn’t the most radical of Chrysler’s SEMA bunch. That distinction falls somewhere between the Ram ProMaster DragMaster and the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept. By contrast, the 300 Super S Concept sits right in the sweet spot where concept and functionality meet. It’s a concept because it has unique modifications, but these modifications are useful enough to be applied in a standard 300.

You might even say that it’s the most appealing of all of Chrysler’s SEMA offerings. That’s a good thing for the 300 since its stately persona could use an injection of exuberance and personality.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 300 Super S.

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Mopar Will Bring Eleven Concepts To SEMA

Mopar Will Bring Eleven Concepts To SEMA

With less than a month left until the 2014 SEMA Show opens its doors on November 4th, automakers are starting to preview some of the projects that we’ll get to see in Las Vegas. While Honda is planning to showcase a handful of modified Fit sub-compacts, among other yet-to-be-named cars, Mopar is readying no less than 11 vehicles for the event..

Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care brand didn’t provide any details of its 2014 SEMA lineup, but in traditional fashion, it released teaser sketches for each vehicle that will be displayed in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit. This year’s lineup is as diverse as it gets, including cars from each brand found under the Chrysler-Fiat umbrella. Read on to find out what Mopar has in store for us at the SEMA Show.

Click past the jump to read more about Mopar’s SEMA projects.

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MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

MOPAR Goes All Out For SEMA With 20+ Concepts

If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.

Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.

This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.

The first teaser images revealed today show:

an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.

Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.

The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.

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2012 Dodge Ram L'il Red Express Truck

2012 Dodge Ram L’il Red Express Truck

Back in 1978, Dodge rolled out a special edition package for its D150 pickup trucks, which were not yet named “Ram.” This new package was known internally as Package Code YH6 and featured a high-output 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carb pumping in fuel. The engine boasted high-flow cylinder heads and an aggressive cam shave and it all hooked up to a 3.55-to-1 rear end. This package, which we all know as the L’il Red Express, only lasted two years – 1978 and 1979 – and saw only 2,188 units in 1978 and 5,118 units in 1979. This makes it one of the most sought after Dodge pickups ever built.

Well, Ram is rolling out a remake of this classic short-body pickup truck in the form of its SEMA-stationed L’il Red Express Truck. Though it is more modern than the original rendition, it certainly pays it homage rather well. It features the bright-red paint of the original, a side-stack exhaust system, and a wood-trimmed bed.

In addition, this remake of the cult classic pickup features 22-inch Mopar rims with gold inserts, a 5.7-liter HEMI engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, gold accent stripes, “Hyperblack” painted grille inserts, and a custom Katzkin (no, not “cat skin”) interior. Sure, it lacks the flare-side styling and the wood-outlined bed of the original, but it is bad-ass nonetheless.

There is no mention of this special edition ever coming to the Ram lineup, but don’t be too surprised to see it roll out in 2013 and 2014, as Chrysler loves running special-edition Rams – there have been plenty of them. One thing is for sure, it would definitely carry a higher premium than the $1,131 price for the original L’il Red Express package.

Stay tuned to find our of Chrysler plans to launch this model or not.

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2011 Chrysler Town & Country EV

2011 Chrysler Town & Country EV

Toyota opened new horizons when launched the first generation Prius, as it represented the beginning of a new era of efficient technologies. Shortly after, Toyota was followed by Honda and them by the German manufacturers and also by the Americans.

Chrysler however is only at the beginning of the road, as for the moment its green vehicles are in stuck the testing phase.

The company started the development of green technologies with three different vehicles, namely the Dodge EV, Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler Town & Country. All three prototypes are tested together, as the company wants to carefully analyze the public’s interest for this new technology.

But, while the first two models have some small chances to be launched on the market, the Chrysler Town & Country is only an experimental prototype. Though, even if for the moment the Chrysler Town & Country EV is not planned for mass production, the vehicle could represent a good alternative for those seeking for an ultra efficient and practical van.

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2012 Chrysler 300 Ruyi Design Concept

2012 Chrysler 300 Ruyi Design Concept

Next to the Jeep Wrangler Year of the Dragon Concept, Chrysler has unveiled a 300C design concept at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibitio that was created specifically with Chinese elements in mind.

The new Chrysler 300 Ruyi Design Concept features a Maximum Steel exterior color combined with dark chrome on the door handles, grille surround, and lower grille tracer. Exterior touches continue with a polished ruyi-inspired signature grille with dark chrome throats, bluish steel-grey tinted glass, a ruyi Chinese character badge on the deck lid, and a ghosted speed stripe running along the side character lines. Then, of course, we shoudn’t forget about the unique 22" concept alloy wheels in a ten-spoke design.

The interior has received black chrome on the outer dash vents, navigation screen and center dash vent surrounds, gauge rings, steering wheel rim, and door handles. These black accents have been combined with a brush trim used for the center console, upper door panels, and flanking the dashboard. The seats are wrapped in a light-tone leather-wrapped seating surfaces with suede center inserts and side bolsters.

UPDATE 04/24/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Chrysler 300 Ruyi Design Concept.

UPDATE 05/02/12: Chrysler has released a two-minute, getting-to-know video about the 300 Ruyi Concept, a car that we saw last month at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. If you don’t know a whole lot and you’re interested to know more, this video is a good place to get started. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.

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2012 Chrysler 700C Concept

2012 Chrysler 700C Concept

Sitting in one corner of the 2012 North American International Auto Show is the Chrysler 700C Concept, an attendee that not a lot of people knew was coming.

We really didn’t expect to see it, much less know anything about it, but according to Chrysler, the 700C Concept - it follows in the naming nomenclature of two of Chrysler’s more popular models, the 200 and the 300C - is a concept study on what could potentially be the look of their mini-vans.

The American automaker is using the 2012 NAIAS to gauge the interest on the concept and while Chrysler has made it known that the car is not headed to production, it’s still in attendance to see how the crowd is going to receive it.

Consider it market research, so to speak.

As far as details are concerned, Chrysler didn’t really share any. Judging by the photos, though, the 700C Concept looks pretty svelte and stylish for a mini-van. The profile looks fresh and is dominated by a pair of slit-like headlights. The grilles are pretty much non-existent while the front bumper sports plenty of aggressive details. True to its mini-van roots, the 700C Concept has rear sliding doors, and almost as if adding more flavor, it sits on a set of pretty chromed-out wheels.

Considering the purpose of the 700C Concept at Cobo Hall, we invite you to share your thoughts on the concept minivan. Yay? Or nay?

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2011 Ram Long Hauler Concept

2011 Ram Long Hauler Concept

The Ram Long Hauler Concept Truck is a definite eye-catcher in every sense of the word, mostly because it seems to stretch longer than standard-sized pick-up trucks. Incredibly, all this is by design.

Chrysler’s Ram brand has officially unveiled their latest concept creation, a 24-foot long quad-cab pick-up truck that’s so big it can actually carry up to 170 gallons of fuel in one go while trucking non-stop at a distance of over 1,600 miles before it needs to be fed again.

The truck is based on the Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, except that the whole thing has been extended to ridiculous lengths. Nothing about this pick-up truck screams ordinary. Even if it’s a concept, Chrysler is presenting it as an ideal ’work horse’ for people who might need to tow heavy trailers for long distances. Judging by the look of this mastadon of a pick-up truck, we already figured as much.

Check out more details of the Long Hauler Concept, together with exhibit dates, after the jump.

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Chrylser brings "race-inspired" concept to NY Show

Chrylser brings "race-inspired" concept to NY Show

Chrysler has finally offered us a few, yet scarce, details on the company’s line-up for the upcoming New York Auto Show. In just a few lines, Chrysler has announced that "the company will reveal a production vehicle and a race-inspired project vehicle that will appear at next week’s New York Auto Show." Along with the new vehicles showing their face for the first time, Chrysler will also announce a new strategic relationship that will enhance its service and parts business.

A first preview of the two vehicles will be made tomorrow, April 13th, 2011 at 9AM, but until then we are only left with our speculations to keep us company. Chrysler has previously reported that there will be a more powerful version of the current Chrysler 300, most likely a production version of the 300S Concept revealed at the end of March. The production model is supposed to use the company’s new 6.4 liter V8 engine that will also be used in the future Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 where it will deliver more than 500 HP.

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2011 Chrysler 300S Concept

2011 Chrysler 300S Concept

A while ago, Chrysler had announced that the "SRT8" version of the new 300 model would be dropped and replaced by the "S" version. As a result, the company has revealed the 300S concept at the Spring Festival of LX in Irvine, California. This concept is a preview version of the production vehicle set to debut next year.

The S version will be distinguished by a new grille, bumpers, headlights, alloy wheels, and aerodynamic improvements. The interior will also get some distinguishing marks with some dedicated coatings. Rumors also suggest that the S version will get framework calibration.

Nothing has been said about the concept’s power just yet, but we surely expect it to be higher than the standard 300 model sporting a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 292 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. Expect a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 363 HP for the production 300S.

The Chrysler 300S will also have an equivalent on the European market where the Chrysler 300 is sold as the Lancia Thema.

Check out the video of the reveal after the jump. Skip to the 2m, 10sec mark to get to the actual reveal of the car.

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2009 Chrysler 200C EV Concept

2009 Chrysler 200C EV Concept

A surprise electric vehicle that showed up in Detroit was the mid-sized 200C EV. With some luck, this is the future of Chrysler’s Sebring-sized sedan.

Taking square aim at Chevrolet’s Volt, the powertrain in the 200C EV has a 40 mile range purely on battery power, and then the range can be extended with the aid of a small gasoline engine. The total power from the engines should be about 270 hp. Chrysler wanted to be extra eco-friendly with this concept and painted it in in a water-based Liquid Graphite Pearl exterior color.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

2008 Chrysler ecoVoyager Concept

The Chrysler ecoVoyager four-door, four-passenger concept was developed for customers wanting a travel experience on par with a private jet, but without a lot of fancy gadgetry. These customers seek three critical attributes: elegance, simplicity and serenity.

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Chrysler 300C Rodeo Drive Plus 6

Chrysler 300C Rodeo Drive Plus 6

The 300C Rodeo Drive Plus 6 is a concept car designed by Performance West. It is designed for the ultimate in control, controlling the power, controlling the handling.

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2007 Chrysler SR 392 Roadster

2007 Chrysler SR 392 Roadster

What do you get when you combine the new 392 HEMI® crate engine from Mopar® with the world’s first-ever steel reproduction of a 1927 street rod body and three car-crazy designers? The result is a custom SR 392 Roadster that was unveiled at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

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2008 Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack

2008 Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack

The Chrysler Town & Country Black Jack draws its inspiration from the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas - a dominant and enigmatic presence on the Strip. Massive, dark and simple in shape and design, the icon casts a shadow over the surrounding properties.

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2004 Chrysler ME Four-Twelve

2004 Chrysler ME Four-Twelve

The spectacular quad-turbo, V-12 powered, mid-engine Chrysler ME Four-Twelve super car has roared onto the scene to shine as the most advanced Chrysler ever built.

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1987 Chrysler Portofino

1987 Chrysler Portofino

Chrysler started to work on its “Concept to reality” philosophy in 1987 with the introduction at Frankfurt Motor Show of the Chrysler Portofino sport concept sedan. Back then, Lamborghini was owned by Chrysler, and the Portofino concept was build to symbolize the Chrysler takeover of Lamborghini.

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