Chevrolet unveiled the Chevrolet-FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle at Shanghai GM Gala Night. The concept was joined by the all-new Malibu, Bolt EV concept and the 2015 Captiva, which made their China debut. The Chevrolet-FNR was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture.
The FNR engineering, design and electrification teams drew on their past experience developing electric concept vehicles. Their aim was to create a unique, intelligent vehicle for tomorrow’s younger consumers by utilizing innovative car networking technology.
The Chevrolet-FNR boasts a futuristic capsule design. It has crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.
The Chevrolet-FNR is loaded with a range of intelligent technologies including sensors and roof-mounted radar that can map out the environment to enable driverless operation; Chevy Intelligent Assistant; and iris recognition start. The Chevrolet-FNR can also serve as a “personal assistant” to map out the best route to the driver’s preferred destination.
In self-driving mode, the vehicle’s front seats can swivel 180 degrees to face the rear seats, creating a more intimate setting. The driver can switch to manual mode through the gesture control feature.
All-New Chevrolet Malibu. The all-new Malibu, which is based on the eighth-generation Malibu, was developed especially for China to meet the demands of younger consumers. It demonstrates Chevrolet’s latest “Designed to Raise your Heartbeat” direction that reflects muscular body lines and enhanced body proportions.
It is longer than its predecessor. Muscular lines on the hood combined with sculptural outlines on the rear accentuate its powerful stance.
An integrated narrow upper grille with eagle eye-shaped headlights, Chevrolet’s iconic sculptural dual-port grille with chrome trim, and semi-framed fog lamps work together to present a sharp three-dimensional look that is balanced by the sedan’s rear fascia. Its dual-element taillights were inspired by those on the first-generation Malibu.
The new Malibu is equipped with a choice of a 2.4L Ecotec SIDI engine or a 2.0L DVVT engine, as well as a new-generation six-speed automatic transmission.
Its European-style sports chassis is built on GM’s most advanced upper-medium sedan platform, adds to the driving pleasure that today’s younger car buyers prefer.
The new models were introduced as Shanghai GM celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Chevrolet brand in China. They will appear alongside 12 other models on the Chevrolet display at Auto Shanghai 2015.