Imagine a sports car morphing into an SUV. Chevrolet initially revealed the FNR Concept at the previous Shanghai Auto Show in 2015. For this year, Chevy once again graces the Shanghai exhibit stands with the FNR-X, a more workable version of concept model it first brought to China two years ago. For one, the FNR-X could be the Lexus NX and Toyota C-HR’s next new rival. Dubbed as an all-purpose sports concept vehicle, the FNR actually stands for “Find New Roads”, the company’s tagline while the X simply means it’s a crossover.
Outside, the FNR crossover’s front end resembles a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Like most Chevys, the rest of the profile appears to have a floating roof design with a high waistline to match. The rear section on the other hand bears similarities with a Toyota C-HR while the rest of the features remind us of the rear end of a Camaro.
Chevy however hasn't disclosed all the details especially when it comes to the engine specs. From what we know, the FNR-X will be featured as a plugin hybrid setup complete with the latest semi-autonomous all-terrain driver assistance technologies. Interestingly, the amazing new concept was designed and developed by GM together with Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center and SAIC Motor-- just like the first version it has showcased at the same event.
For its interior, we can expect state-of-the-art OLED displays, polygon shapes, ambient lighting system as well as intricate fabrics for its upholstery. At the very least, this should come with sensors that can detect who the driver is and self-adjusts the settings accordingly. The massive HUD meanwhile is capable enough to project a 270-degree augmented reality readouts.
This vehicle apparently was designed to switch between off-road driving and on the road. It comes with adaptable aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain system to let the engine change between Sport and Versatility mode of driving whenever necessary. When up and running, the suspension adjusts its height depending on the road condition while the aerodynamics manages the airflow. For better efficiency and reduced drag, the FNR X comes equipped with active aero wheels and active grille shutters.
Despite coming with this new version, the production version will probably have to wait a little longer. In all, the versatility of the FNR crossover makes it all the more interesting for a concept - something that we’re hoping to see in the showrooms sometime in the near future.