Chevrolet’s new FNR concept has debuted in Shanghai this week, previewing the sort of style and technology with which our great-grandkids may one day be rolling down the road.
Looking like it could replace the Audi RSQ concept in an over-the-top reboot of the 2002 science-fiction film Minority Report, The FNR previews a number of potential production technologies for the world of tomorrow.
The FNR was developed at the General Motors Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre in Shanghai, where its designers were tasked with crafting a “unique and intelligent” vehicle for the next generation (or the one after that…) of motorists.
The concept’s standout technologies include hubless wheels with individual electric motors, with a see-through design that offers a view of the magnetic drive and suspension system behind each wheel.
No futuristic concept is complete without an autonomous driving system, and the FNR packs that too, promising to pick the optimum route to a destination while front passengers swivel their seats 180 degrees to socialise with rear occupants.
Other features include ‘dragonfly dual-swing doors’ and crystal laser lighting technology at both ends of the concept.
Officially, the FNR concept celebrates 10 years for the Chevrolet brand’s China operations - but a production successor might just appear in time to celebrate its 50th. Or 100th.
Autonomous driving is promised to be less than 10 years away, but it might be sometime before the average auto looks and operates anything like the FNR.