Chevrolet FNR-X Plug-In Hybrid Impresses Us, But It’s Just A Concept

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Chevrolet FNR-X

Chevy FNR-X Might Just Be The Coolest Concept In Shanghai

It’s a crossover. And it’s a plug-in.

Back in 2015, Chevrolet arrived at Auto Shanghai with the futuristic Find New Roads (FNR) concept that had absolutely zero chances of ever going into production. Fast forward to present day, the showcar has evolved into something more down to earth called “FNR-X” created by the same folks from General Motors’ Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture.

Getting back to the new version, the company with the bowtie emblem doesn’t actually call it a crossover. Instead, it refers to the FNR-X as an “all-purpose sports concept vehicle” and dare we say they’ve done a great job with the bold styling and the high-tech interior cabin. It’s more than just a pretty face as the concept car is also thrifty by adopting a plug-in hybrid powertrain capable of switching between the combustion engine and the electric motor.

General Motors states:

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

Chevrolet FNR-X

The Chevy FNR-X boasts an active suspension smart enough to automatically adjust the vehicle’s ground clearance depending on the road conditions. Selectable V (Versatility) and S (Sport) driving modes come to enhance the concept’s versatility, while active aero wizardry boosts efficiency and performance. Indeed, both front and rear spoilers along with the side skirts change their position up or down depending on the active driving mode. In addition, there are active shutters built into the front grille along with switchable wheel blades that adjust on their own to reduce wind drag during high-speed driving. To further optimize the aerodynamic body, there are sleek side cameras instead of clunky mirror caps.

Opening the scissor doors will provide you access to the uncluttered interior cabin packing a multitude of OLEDs for the ambient lighting creating a cozy atmosphere. A large hexagonal-shaped touchscreen serves as the infotainment system and there are a multitude of other screens all over the dashboard. The driver also has an entirely digital instrument cluster, while the amount of physical controls has been kept down to a minimum like in most recent concepts from basically just about all automakers.

Chevrolet FNR-X

The list of features goes on with an augmented reality head-up display and a smart navigation system that can predict the complexity of the road conditions and adjust the route accordingly. Optical and acoustic sensors work together with a complex driver assistance system to give the vehicle some level of autonomous driving capabilities.

As impressive as it is, the Chevy FNR-X is unfortunately only a concept.

Chevrolet FNR-X

Chevrolet FNR-X

Press blast below:

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

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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29 responses to "Chevrolet FNR-X Plug-In Hybrid Impresses Us, But It’s Just A Concept"

  1. Ziv says:

    KISS.

    Just build a mid-sized BEV crossover, Chevy. No scissor doors, not idiotic “futuristic” driver info screen. No haptic buttons. Just build a roomy, sporty crossover that can do 0-60 in 6 seconds and has a spacious rear boot. A decent frunk (front trunk) would be a bonus.

  2. Sublime says:

    Even simpler… Take Chevy Traverse, add Volt powertrain. You’ll have the people/cargo capability of a Suburban with the fuel economy of a mid-size sedan. How would that not sell? How would that not help CAFE numbers incredibly?

  3. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    Meh, looks like a Lexus.

    1. Ziv says:

      They could do a lot worse.

      1. Ziv says:

        And probably will. This is GM after all.

  4. Serial anti tesla troll thomas says:

    Hot design 👍

  5. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    I notice that there’s no mention of AWD.

  6. WadeTyhon says:

    Obviously just a concept car, but seems likely that it is hinting at a vehicle in the works.

    Possibly it could wind up being a Chevy version of the Cadillac XT4 crossover? That is coming out in 2018 or 2019. That one is likely to have a PHEV option similar to the CT6 – Several spy shots of the XT4 have shown a flap in the camouflage for a plug up front.

  7. mx says:

    Made in China? Trump gonna get mad.

    1. georgeS says:

      mx ,
      maybe send AC carrier. Ooops maybe not . Trump fooled ya.

      1. SJC says:

        The next model will be named Armada.

  8. Bill T says:

    Build a Voltec Equinox with AER of 30 miles or more and good cargo space and they can take my money. No need for reinventing doors or any other fancy pants stuff that doesn’t improve usability.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      +1

    2. F150 Brian says:

      +1

      I don’t know why the Voltec Drivetrain isn’t in every redesigned model.

      It looks easily scale-able; and modifiable for longitudinal mounting. Then just add a small electric motor for AWD.

      Come on GM, just do it.

      1. SJC says:

        Now that they have a REAL Malibu hybrid we could see and Equinox version. That is SO obvious maybe even GM won’t miss that one.

    3. Kdawg says:

      I think to keep the “good cargo space” but also find room for at least 18kWh battery is the engineering challenge.

      I wonder if they could figure out (on the Equinox) how to put the battery in the floor, that way they could come out with a PHEV version and a larger battery BEV version.

  9. LS says:

    Toyota C-HR

    1. CLIVE says:

      Honda must have named it for them.

  10. Will says:

    If GM wants to get its stock price up and achieve some of that “Tesla is the future” excitement – make this the next gen Volt BEV.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Would they call it the Chevy Jolt?

  11. Viking79 says:

    Chevy, I would buy that vehicle now if it is priced reasonably and offers good performance! Very nice looking concept.

  12. CVVH says:

    Please, please build something that looks close to that at a reasonable price. Can do without a lot of the fancy concept car tech. And towing capacity.

    Better would be a BEV crossover based on the Bolt platform/technology.

  13. Bill Howland says:

    Looks like the new car releases will be Chinese substantially from GM from now on… That is until the ‘partnership’ with the sister chinese companies are dissolved, since they no longer need any proprietary expertise.

    Also, no doubt due to magpies being upset at GM and others changing the concept a bit, now, they don’t release any meaningful info at all, unlike 10 years ago with the VOlt.

    1. Bacardi says:

      China is leading the world in both EV adoption and overall vehicle sales…To qualify for incentives and to avoid costly tariffs EVs/PHEVs have to be built in China…The way to make everyone is happy is the current Volt and Velite plan, make the United States bound Volt in the United States, make the Chinese version in China…

  14. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    A car with no “B” pillar? No way will that pass crash testing, and no way will that ever become a production car.

    And didn’t we see an InsideEVs article on this same car just the other day? Or are there two different concept cars, both missing a “B” pillar, covered recently on InsideEVs?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Different car/article

    2. realistic says:

      Well, the BMW i3 has no B-pillar (in an admittedly shorter and stiffer structure with lots of carbon fiber). As we get more carbon fiber and get it more cheaperer, we’ll probably see the wonderful B-less wide opening in bigger and more mainstream vehicles.

  15. Bacardi says:

    Not only is it very attractive, it follows a lot of Chevys design language so I could see something similar being built…

    I’d take a Vegas bet there will be an ICE version built…The PHEV leaves a lot of question marks, will it be built at all? Will it be sold in the States? Will it be affordable compared to the ICE or could you get the ICE AWD version for $29,995 while the PHEV with FWD only and manual seats is $65K?

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