Chevrolet FNR-X: A New Hope For A Plug-In SUV From GM – Live Debut Photos & Videos

5 months ago by Mark Kane 14

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

One of the best new plug-in car debuts from the Auto Shanghai show this year was the Chevrolet FNR-X Concept (see initial impressions), build from the minds at GM’s in-house Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (or PATAC).

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

What we know, it that it’s plug-in hybrid, but on the technical side of things, almost nothing on the FNR-X’s abilities has been yet divulged by the company.

Many of us have wondered in the past why GM hasn’t been willing to make use of the Voltec platform?   Why not spread the Volt’s powertrain to SUVs in the U.S. and  worldwide?

It was seven year’s ago this month that, GM once foreshadowed to do just that more, long before the Mitsubishi Outlander PHV was a thing.  

Anyone remember the Chevy MPV5 Voltec concept?

Maybe today, with the new FNR-X concept, it will be received well enough to prompt Chevrolet to considering making plug-ins SUVs – first in China, but then also for the rest of the world.

The Chevy MPV5 debut 7 years ago this month (April 2010)

“The concept vehicle retains Chevrolet’s signature powerful, attractive design language through clear, masculine lines. Dynamic digital LED headlights and taillights combine the brand’s characteristic dual-element light design with the mortise and tenon joint used in traditional Chinese woodwork, delivering a high-tech, artistic feeling underpinned by the spirit of craftsmanship.

Unique rear-hinged doors that can be controlled remotely ensure easy entry and exit.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can switch between its engine and electric motor, while offering two driving modes: V (Versatility) and S (Sport).

The FNR-X can modify its suspension and handling profile thanks to an adaptive suspension that adjusts ground clearance on demand.”

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

Chevrolet FNR-X

Press pack:

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept Vehicle Makes Global Debut at Auto Shanghai 2017

SHANGHAI – The Chevrolet FNR-X all-purpose sports concept vehicle made its world premiere today at Auto Shanghai 2017. Chevrolet previously showcased the Chevrolet-FNR (Find New Roads) concept vehicle developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture at Auto Shanghai 2015.

“The Chevrolet-FNR 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.”

The futuristic-looking FNR-X draws inspiration from and exemplifies the century-old brand’s combination of performance and versatility to meet multipurpose mobility demands.

The concept vehicle retains Chevrolet’s signature powerful, attractive design language through clear, masculine lines. Dynamic digital LED headlights and taillights combine the brand’s characteristic dual-element light design with the mortise and tenon joint used in traditional Chinese woodwork, delivering a high-tech, artistic feeling underpinned by the spirit of craftsmanship. Unique rear-hinged doors that can be controlled remotely ensure easy entry and exit.

The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can switch between its engine and electric motor, while offering two driving modes: V (Versatility) and S (Sport). The FNR-X can modify its suspension and handling profile thanks to an adaptive suspension that adjusts ground clearance on demand.

The model’s intelligent adaptive control systems, active grille shutters and switchable wheel blades adjust automatically during high-speed driving, reducing wind drag. The outstanding aerodynamic performance is further enhanced by front and rear spoilers and side skirts that move up and down in accordance with different driving modes.

The FNR-X has a creative, imaginative interior design that matches its exterior. Intelligent ambient lighting changes colors to match driving modes, making the cabin more user-friendly. Featuring high-tech fabrics, the cabin’s hexagonal textures were inspired by graphene crystal structures – signifying the beginning of a new era for new energy.

The steering wheel and dashboard have a sporty integrated design. Seats ride on multipurpose rails and have fixed components to individualize storage space. Split-folding second-row seats maximize cargo capacity.

The FNR-X supports intelligent connected mobility for individual users. It incorporates an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) dynamic display system, a unique intelligent speech interaction system and an ID-customizable information system.

With the all-terrain Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), in addition to optical and acoustic recognition sensors all over its body, the FNR-X provides highly autonomous driver assistance by choosing the best route based on its predictions for complex road conditions. Its panoramic intelligent augmented reality head-up display offers a clear 270-degree posterior-lateral view to maximize safety and driving pleasure.

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14 responses to "Chevrolet FNR-X: A New Hope For A Plug-In SUV From GM – Live Debut Photos & Videos"

  1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

    It looks like a Toyota or Lexus design.

    1. ANewHope says:

      Agreed. Definitely not Chevy look. The MPV5 has Chevy look all over it.

      I have a TM3 deposit down, but in truth it is not really what I want (prefer CUV/SUV/hatchback/wagon). If this has near a Volts electric range something like this would easily get me over 90% all electric driving be very tempting instead of the M3.

      1. Ziv says:

        “Definitely not Chevy look.” And that is a good thing. I pulled up behind a Chevy Impala Premiere the other day and was surprised to see it was a Chevy. After I looked a bit I saw the design clues but Chevy does seem to be trying to make their cars a bit less monotonously ugly.
        If Chevy did build a vehicle similar to the FNR-X, it would help to rejuvenate a tired lineup. But given the dowdy nature of GM, it would probably drab out every nice aspect of the concept and deliver something that looks like a Traverse. Solid but unexciting.

  2. Driverguy01 says:

    That’s a nice car for sure but remember, this is GM so the production model would probably look more like a trax than this.
    Remember the Volt Concept? My first gen Volt is a far cry from the concept.
    As far as i can remember, only Tesla turn out better looking production cars than concept cars.
    let’s keep hoping GM will come thru with this one.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Indeed, the Volt concept car is an excellent example of why I never get excited about concept cars. The more radical or extreme the concept, the more the design will be changed if it becomes a production car.

      Let’s wait to see if it becomes a production car, and if so, just what that production version looks like, before we get excited about a new plug-in EV.

  3. mx says:

    They are so focused on Trucks it’ll be 5 years too late.

  4. pjwood1 says:

    Looks like concept uses “drive tunnel”. So maybe the T battery? Because of where interiors/autonomy are going with Tesla, I can see happiness creeping back with gas range extended electric (EREV).

  5. wavelet says:

    “One of the best new plug-in car debuts from the Auto Shanghai show this year was the Chevrolet FNR-X Concept”

    Best? Based on what, exactly?

    There wasn’t a single detail mentioned in wither this or the preceeding article about the drivetrain characteristics (electric range? battery capacity? Performance? Efficiency?), or the concept car’s goal for same, which has to be a new low, even for a concept.

    Sure, the external/internal visual design was shown and can be discussed, but why does that alone make it “best”, or even relevant for InsideEVs coverage?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Because I said so, (=

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        So there! 😀

  6. Why Not? says:

    LOL Good for You Jay!

    1. Jay Cole says:

      /working without my flak jacket today, (=

      (inside joke)

  7. Donald Mapp says:

    I need one can get for free I do like the SUV.

  8. e-ton says:

    Eyes: Mazda New CX-5
    Rear: Toyota C-HR

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