Back in 2017, the Chevrolet FNR-X concept debuted at Auto Shanghai, showing off a sculpted crossover body and futuristic attitude. Three years later, some are touting the FNR-X concept as the prelude to a production vehicle that remains just over the horizon. In fact, GM Authority has received a few emails and comments from readers asking when to expect the production-ready FNR-X. We’ve also even a few dealer folks claiming that a production version is on the way. We’re here to set the record straight: the Chevrolet FNR-X is not going into production. Instead, it will remain a concept – as was GM’s plan all along.
As a reminder, the Chevrolet FNR-X concept was developed almost entirely by the Pan Asian Technical Automotive Center, or PATAC for short. The facility is GM’s design and engineering center in Pudong, China that was created as part of a joint venture between General Motors and its Chinese joint venture partner, SAIC Motor. It is responsible for preparing or developing vehicles specifically for the Chinese market.
Although the Chevrolet FNR-X did incorporate some input from Global Chevrolet Design, its “homeroom” was in China with PATAC. The purpose behind the concept was to preview the design direction of the Chevrolet Menlo EV. That’s it. According to our sources, there’s currently no production version of the Chevrolet FNR-X outside the Menlo EV, which is not coming to the Americas.
It’s also worth noting that the Chevrolet FNR-X has similar design cues as the new Chevy Blazer as a result of the direction that Chevrolet design was headed at the time the vehicles were being conceived.
That said, future Chevy crossovers will be inspired by the design direction seen in the FNR-X and the Blazer. This can be seen in the new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, as well as the recent refreshes of the Equinox and Traverse – the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox and 2022 Chevrolet Traverse.
So if and/or when someone asks about the FNR-X coming to production, kindly point them toward this article.