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.
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.