Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept Revealed In China As Sleek EV Sedan
Could this Chinese design study preview a US-bound EV sedan from Chevrolet?
Surprising everyone, Chevrolet unveiled an EV concept at GM China Tech Day 2022 in Shanghai. The sleek, distinctly sedan-shaped vehicle, dubbed FNR-XE, is the first sedan made on the new GM Ultium EV platform. The FNR-XE seems to be merely a taste; the brand wants to launch 15 new EVs in China by 2025.
The FNR-XE’s purpose seems to be twofold, not only is it the first sedan made by GM, but it also is a preview of where the brand’s styling language is headed toward. The FNR-XE’s design is super sleek. The somewhat raked roofline is paired with muscular haunches, big wheels, and clean surfacing, seemingly an evolution of what we’ve seen on the Blazer and Equinox EV. Super thin headlights, taillights, and retracting door handles complete the FNR-XE’s sleek look.
Aside from the platform basis, there are no other details Chevrolet released about the FNR-XE concept. Chinese media speculates that an actual production model will be on roads next year, but so far, it appears the concept’s production form will stay in China. The FNR-XE was developed by GM’s PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center) in Shanghai, and it’s unclear if the vehicle was ever developed for markets outside of China.
Hopefully, it has been. A sleek, reasonably-priced EV sedan could find more than a few buyers here in North America. With this kind of styling, Chevrolet could take the fight directly to the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.
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Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.
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