Chevrolet FNR-X Concept Is the Do-All Car of the Future
That is, if Chevy actually makes it—and it can do what Chevy says it can.
Just yesterday, Chevrolet took the wraps off its newest concept car, the FNR-X, at Auto Shanghai, and although it's technically a crossover, its looks suggest something else. With a high belt line, an aggressively creased look, Camaro-like front end, and bladed wheels, the FNR-X looks, well, cool—and, according to Chevy, it has features to match its looks.
Derived from the FNR, an aborted concept that Chevy debuted in Shanghai just two years ago, the FNR-X is a plug-in hybrid "all purpose sports concept" that boasts an adjustable ride height, active grill shutters (a feature on a handful of GM products, even the Colorado) and its wheel blades can apparently adjust automatically at higher speeds to reduce drag. But unlike other GM products, the FNR-X's front and rear spoilers and side skirts can move around, too.
Two driving modes, Versatility (V) and Sport (S), alter the ride height and driving characteristics from the electric motor and gasoline-powered engine. Chevy also claims that the FNR-X has "optical and acoustic recognition sensors" placed all over the exterior that work in concert with the car's autonomous driver suite.
The interior, as you'd expect from any concept car, is futuristic-looking. An augmented reality heads-up display shows the driver views from the rear of the car, which is illuminated by organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). Ambient lighting reflects whichever driving mode has been selected, and graphene-inspired trim surround the driver and passenger.
Remarking on the FNR-X, Alan Batey, GM executive vice president and president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet, said: "The Chevrolet-FNR is one of Chevrolet’s most forward-thinking concept cars, truly exemplifying the brand’s passion for innovation and ingenuity. The FNR-X builds on the design and technology showcased on the original FNR concept and embodies the belief at Chevrolet’s core that anything is possible."
Whether or not the FNR-X will have the same fate as the FNR is unclear, but here's to hoping this wild-looking Chevy at least inspires future designs.