Chevrolet FNX-R concept debuts at Auto Shanghai

Chevrolet FNR concept 2015 Shanghai Auto Show

Chevrolet FNR concept 2015 Shanghai Auto Show

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 objective 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.

The "X" factor, in this case, is a dramatic departure from the futuristic FNR concept which was created to preview how motoring might look in the decades ahead.

Sport mode, on the other hand, lowers the auto, firms up the suspension, and adjusts the body's front and rear spoilers and side skirts to reduce aerodynamic drag. Instead, it says the driver has the choice of two driving modes - a V (Versatility) or S (Sport) mode.

Chevrolet quoted the vehicle to be the "all-purpose sports concept vehicle" and this is despite of the fact that the FNR-X is made to run on a pure electric powertrain. With a battery of optical and acoustic recognition sensors the FNR-X Concept also provides "highly autonomous assistance" by selecting optimal routing based on its assessment complex road conditions.

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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. Like any good multipurpose vehicle, this Chevy's split rear seats also fold flat to enhance cargo capacity, although that sharply raked back glass will definitely impact its total toting capability.

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The FNR-X supports intelligent connected mobility for individual users.

There's virtually no detail on the FNR-X's plug-in hybrid powertrain contained in the press materials, indicating that it may be more of a design study than a thinly disguised future production auto.

At this week's Shanghai show, the production Buick Velite 5 appeared.

With CAFE standards rising through at least 2021 in the USA and far more stringent limits on carbon emissions in China and the European Union, it's likely that more plug-in hybrid vehicles will adopt the increasingly popular crossover utility body style.

Will we see a production version of the FNR-X?

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