Excellent Chevy Concept Looks Like a Camaro Crossover


The futuristic Chevrolet FNR-X concept has been shown at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, potentially signaling the arrival of a sporty new crossover from the American automaker in the world’s largest car market.

The FNR-X (FNR standing for Find New Roads) takes the idea of a “crossover” literally. The plug-in hybrid concept offers two driving modes, Versatility and Sport and adjusts the powertrain, suspension and aerodynamics to adhere to each. It can switch between its internal combustion engine and electric motor and can adjust its suspension clearance for off-roading or for a sportier ride. During high speed driving, it will close its active grille shutters and switchblade wheel blades, while the front splitter, rear spoiler and side skirts will all be adjusted to reduce wind drag and provide better fuel economy.

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Corporate styling cues such as Chevrolet’s signature two-segment grille and thin, modern-looking LED headlamps and tail lamps are present on the FNR-X and are joined by some more radical touches such as rear-hinged rear doors, a narrow window/greenhouse section and a full-length moonroof. The interior is equally as modern but looks similarly production-ready with a neatly integrated center screen, two small center console displays fore and aft of the gear selector and an LED driver display. We’re also big fans of the chunky two-spoke steering wheel.

The FNR-X’s party piece is its autonomous driving capabilities. Chevrolet calls it an “all-terrain Advanced Driver Assist System,” which chooses the best route based on predictions related to the road conditions. A “panoramic intelligent augmented reality head-up display,” which consists of three head-up displays within the dash, offers a zoomed-out, lateral view of the vehicle to further enhance safety.

The Chevrolet FNR-X Concept will be on display at Auto Shanghai 2017 from April 21 to 28.

  • Ziv Bnd

    Keep it simple, Chevy!
    Build a midsized/roomy compact CUV, no scissor doors, no stupid dash board, no haptic buttons. Just build a sporty quick CUV that handles well and is fun to drive with a roomy interior and the Bolt or Volt drivetrain.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    The suicide back doors probably won’t survive to production. That said, I would rather see this as based on the same Alpha platform as the Camaro/ATS. The dashboard is negotiable.

    Frankly, I like this design overall. The back shows a little Lexus RX influence, but without the silly angles and weird proportions. Overall, it seems like a nice cohesive package that could compete with more expensive sport/luxury crossovers.

  • octogon

    Mi gusto!! This is the poor man’s Lambo SUV (Urus) in styling. IF it looks like this, it could be my 1st SUV purchase!

  • G Guillemette

    NIce, except for the front grille -which looks like a Toyota Camry.

  • DLW

    GM always telegraphs their plans while others build them!

  • Todd Grosenbach

    You’re not going to get a “roomy” CUV AND good handling AND fun to drive. The Mazda CX-9 might come close for you, but third row leg room and room behind the third row seat is laughable compared to the outgoing Lambda platform.

    I didn’t buy a 2010 AWD Traverse LTZ (tagged as a CUV when it was released) for the “driving experience”. I bought it because it has more interior room than a Tahoe, gets decent mileage for a 5000 pound AWD vehicle, and is comfortable for our family (still is with tall 15 and 13 year old boys). Oh, and it has been reliable for 103K miles and NEVER left us stranded even in blizzard conditions.

    I like the concept in the article, but like Perry says, the back door orientation won’t survive to production.

  • Ziv Bnd

    Maybe I should have said “roomy for 5 passengers”. LOL!
    I want it to be a sporty Compact Utility Vehicle not a mid-sized one. You might be able to jam a third row into a CUV but it is hard to do so well. My beef with the first gen vehicles like the Volt and Leaf is that it is hard to get 4 adults into them comfortably. The Gen II Volt is no better.