Chevrolet has pulled back the veil and revealed its latest concept vehicle, which made its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show: the FNR-X concept.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Chevrolet previously used the “FNR” name in a previous concept vehicle for China. “FNR” stands for “Find New Roads.” However, this FNR-X concept looks decidedly more production ready than the seriously futuristic FNR concept.
“The Chevrolet FNR-X is one of Chevrolet’s most forward-thinking concept cars, truly exemplifying the brand’s passion for innovation and ingenuity,” said Alan Batey, GM executive vice president and president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet. “The FNR-X builds on the design and technology showcased on the original FNR concept and embodies the belief at Chevrolet’s core that anything is possible.”
In the design department, the concept houses traditional, muscular Chevrolet lines, which we think wear quite well on what is certainly a crossover utility vehicle. We don’t know how large the concept measures in at, but it looks to be of similar size to, say, a Toyota C-HR with similar, quirky aspirations. It also features rear-hinged doors that can be controlled remotely.
The FNR-X concept is a plug-in hybrid, pairing an electric motor to its traditional engine. The brand did not discuss displacement or power figures, though. It does offer two driving modes: Sport and Versatility, which are paired to an active suspension that adjusts to ground clearance needs.
Inside, it’s much more futuristic. OLEDs are used in the display system, which may also be powered by speech, and an Advanced Driver Assistance System helps guide the driver to the best route autonomously based on current conditions. As for the actual design, hexagonal shapes and new materials are meant to showcase a “new energy” look, inspired by graphene crystal structures. There’s also tons of storage, including fixed components to individual seats.
We don’t know if this FNR-X concept previews a production vehicle of some sort, but Chevrolet does have plans for 20 new or refreshed vehicles by the year 2020. The FNR-X is still pretty futuristic, but it looks to have a production recipe intact.