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Chevrolet FNR-XE Electric Sedan Concept Breaks Cover In China
According to Chinese media, an Ultium-based production model based on this design study is expected to debut locally next year.
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November 23, 2022


General Motors has unveiled a surprise all-electric sedan study in China, the Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept.

A preview of a future Ultium-based electric sedan, the design study made an appearance on November 22 in Shanghai during GM China Tech Day 2022, a special event where the automaker announced plans to launch more than 15 all-electric vehicles by 2025 in the country.

This is actually Chevrolet's first all-electric sedan, albeit in concept form, with GM describing it as a major step forward for the bowtie brand in China.

"The Ultium-empowered Chevrolet FNR-XE concept, which was revealed at Tech Day 2022, represents the brand's significant next step forward toward a greener future. It also previews Chevrolet's new generation of electric intelligent connected vehicles custom developed for the Chinese market."
The vehicle boasts an aggressive, wedge-shaped front end with a striking horizontal lighting signature that incorporates a transparent Chevrolet logo. The automaker says the low front end of the FNR-XE Concept pays homage to its muscle car line.

At the front, the sedan also features a sculpted hood, wide faux grille and aggressive bumper, while the profile shows muscular rear haunches, pop-out door handles, slim rearview cameras and aero-style wheels and a heavily inclined C-pillar for a fastback-like look.

Seen from the back, the Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept looks sporty thanks to the sleek bumper integrating a massive diffuser-like element, the air outlets behind the rear wheels and the slim LED light strip spanning the entire width of the car.

No specifications are available yet, but Chinese media speculate the FNR-XE is a compact sedan closely related to the 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV. Local reports also claim that a production model for the mass segment inspired by this concept will debut in China next year.
 

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I could see this coming to the US as a Volt
 
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I'm kinda thinking possibly the name Malibu in the US.
I would hope the Malibu would be far more attractive. Plus I’ve always seen the Volt to be quite utilitarian much like this concept.
 

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Looks far better than that new Hyundai EV sedan that looks like a love child of moby**** and a penguin.
Yup. Everyone knows I am not ‘in’ on EVs but GMs EVs at least look good. This one is no exception. I am a fan of the new Cadillac crossover especially.
 
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I would hope the Malibu would be far more attractive. Plus I’ve always seen the Volt to be quite utilitarian much like this concept.
Since the FNR-XE is just a CGI render - I'm seeing this as more of a styling trial balloon.

Part of this design proposal is its minimalist styling elements.Which translates to lower manufacturing cost.
 

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Since the FNR-XE is just a CGI render - I'm seeing this as more of a styling trial balloon.

Part of this design proposal is its minimalist styling elements.Which translates to lower manufacturing cost.
To be fair GM did build an actual show car. There's photos of it at the reveal event.
 

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That doesn't look like a show car - it's got reasonably normal size wheels, there are joint lines on the bumpers, it's tall enough for actual humans. This looks very close to production.

Which, on reflection, seems like the new GM mode: show cars that are remarkably close to the production car. Look at Lyriq and Celestiq. One has to study them very carefully to find the detail changes between show and production.
 

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That doesn't look like a show car - it's got reasonably normal size wheels, there are joint lines on the bumpers, it's tall enough for actual humans. This looks very close to production.

Which, on reflection, seems like the new GM mode: show cars that are remarkably close to the production car. Look at Lyriq and Celestiq. One has to study them very carefully to find the detail changes between show and production.
I know. This looks more production-ready than most show cars. Show cars are usually packed with silly styling features that aren't really a good idea. Although this car still has some of those - - popout door handles (which are just problems waiting to happen) and the thin sliver rear view cameras.

But overall, I like the idea. Bring me a (US built) electric sedan. Although I'd like to know more regarding size and interior. (I'd prefer a more Impala or SS size)
 

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That doesn't look like a show car - it's got reasonably normal size wheels, there are joint lines on the bumpers, it's tall enough for actual humans. This looks very close to production.

Which, on reflection, seems like the new GM mode: show cars that are remarkably close to the production car. Look at Lyriq and Celestiq. One has to study them very carefully to find the detail changes between show and production.
Agreed, I think this (or something really close) will be in showrooms in a year or two.
 
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