Chevy FNR-X Finds Its Own New Roads To Shanghai

Two years ago, at the last Shanghai Auto Show, Chevy revealed a rather radical concept called the FNR. Now it’s returned with the FNR-X concept, but this time it’s a considerably more realistic proposition.

Looking only a step or two removed from production, the FNR-X could preview a Bowtie-badged rival to the Toyota C-HR – aggressively styled in similar fashion to, say, the Lexus NX, but with grille and light designs to render it unmistakably Chevy.

Described as an “all-purpose sports concepts vehicle,” the FNR-X derives its name from the brand’s slogan – Find New Roads – with the X telling you it’s a crossover. What’s particularly intriguing about the FNR-X concept, however, is how it’s designed to switch back and forth between driving on the road or off it. The powertrain, suspension, even the aerodynamics are adaptable. So the engine can alternate between Versatility and Sport modes, the suspension can adjust its ride height for the conditions underneath, and an assortment of aerodynamic devices adjust on the fly to manage the airflow.

Power comes from an undisclosed plug-in hybrid setup, with an all-terrain driver assistance system for semi-autonomous operation in whatever conditions. And the interior, accessed by opposite-hinged doors, looks state-of-the-art – what with all its polygon forms and OLED displays – but hardly beyond production feasibility, bathed in ambient lighting and upholstered in technical fabrics. Don’t be surprised to see something like this reach showrooms in the near future, then (albeit toned down somewhat for production). Whether those would include American showrooms or just those in China is another question entirely.

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  • Mark S

    Forget China build and sale this in the USA!

  • Kash

    Doesn’t the C-HR rival the Trax? If anything I’d say this is more of an Impala level crossover, think a SWB Traverse with only 2 rows, Ford Edge rival.

  • Zandit75

    Damn, I like this a lot!

  • Bash

    wow, this looks cool. Im afraid its too cool for a chevy!

  • Glaz

    That front end would look amazing on a refreshed or even the next gen Camaro. Let’s see what the Camaro will look like when it does it’s facelift.

  • Sebastien

    This is the first Chevy SUV that I like.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is a Chevy?

  • Nihar

    Don’t change anything. If you do, literally only the suicide doors.

  • prince69

    this design is pretty freakin’ good.

  • CarCzarDesigner

    This story could be titled, “Chevy plays catch up with new SUV Concept”. If it gets the go ahead, I am looking forward to Buick & Cadillac getting their own versions, just like in the old days. lol

  • ChrisInIL

    I don’t think there are enough screens in the cabin.

    • outbackNatl

      I’d add one on the accelerator that lights up progressively as you add the gas (KITT style).

  • Toronado_II

    Useless, but really nice !

  • Mark Lawrence

    People are going to far with this SUV thing….


  • Atreidies61

    Sell this in North America and call it “Nomad”.

  • no25

    Way better looking than the Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, and Ford EcoSport. Would make a good Trax replacement – what a mess.

    • Kenneth

      This would certainly teach Toyota and Nissan that you can design something that looks different, but also attractive – and without it being just plain weird.

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow, its fantastic!!! Best I’ve seen from them in a long time. If only it was production, but alas, its not.

  • SteersUright

    First beautiful Chevy I’ve seen in 147 years!

  • Research Janitor

    Looks like a Lexus NX.

  • Astonman

    GM has hit some home-runs with concepts lately – but they don’t build them!

    • Raymond Ramírez

      in 2008 Chevy showed the Volt concept. It was built in 2010, and now it is on the second generation. In 2015 Chevy showed the Bolt concept, and it was built last year. This new concept will be built in 2018.

  • Six Thousand Times

    These things all suck. This one sort of sucks a little…less.

  • antbee

    One would hope that Chevy (GM) would build something like this, given the accolades I see here, but GM is a big tease when it comes to what it will produce. If it does go into production, I hope the front-end, and the roof treatment are left as is.
    Oh, and have the option not to have all that stuff that can break (that trick suspension and engine nonsense), and cost some serious money, once out of warranty.

  • Chad Gordon

    If it was on sale here, and If I was in the market for a small suv/crossover, this would be top of my list.

  • Koushik Talukdar

    Chevy is dead already atleast in India. Thinking India is cheap… Good bye Chevy.

  • Juan Alvarez

    Enough said “Toned down.” Meaning its going to look like a cross between the Yugo and Gremlin.

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