The Chevrolet FNR-X concept has made its global debut at this week’s Shanghai motor show, previewing a crossover SUV that will launch in China sometime next year.
The new design study, which gets a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, follows on from the more radical-looking Chevrolet-FNR concept car that the American carmaker showcased back at the 2015 Shanghai motor show, and which was developed by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture.
“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,” says Chevy boss, Alan Batey.
The latest concept is a more real-world proposition than the original FNR, and features masculine lines with a front end inspired by the latest-generation Camaro muscle car.
Design details include LED headlights and taillights that are said to have been inspired by the mortise and tenon joint used in traditional Chinese woodwork, as well as rear-hinged doors that can be controlled remotely for entry and exit.
To reduce wind drag, the car also gets active grille shutters and switchable wheel blades that adjust automatically during high-speed driving. Aerodynamic performance is further enhanced by front and rear spoilers and side skirts that move up and down in accordance with different driving modes.
On the inside, the SUV gets ambient lighting and high-tech fabrics; the cabin’s hexagonal textures were inspired by graphene crystal structures – in the designers’ words, to “signify the beginning of a new era for new energy”.
The steering wheel and dashboard have an integrated design, while the seats ride on multipurpose rails and have fixed components to individualise storage space. Split-folding second-row seats also add cargo capacity.
Tech features, meanwhile, include an augmented reality head-up display that delivers a 270-degree posterior-lateral view to improve safety.