What car will GM preview with this new concept?
Way back in 2015, Chevrolet released a futuristic concept car called the FNR, which stands for Find New Roads. The Chevy FNR Concept previewed what cars could look like in the future, featuring unique dragonfly doors, crystal laser headlights, magnetic hubless electric wheel motors, and full self-driving. While the FNR Concept was certainly cool, very little about it translated to production.
The next time we saw the FNR name was on the FNR-X Concept. This concept car was shown off at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and acted as a precursor to the Chevy Blazer. According to GM Authority, the FNR name may be making yet another comeback.
General Motors has reportedly filed the "FNR" and "Chevy FNR" names with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The filing took place on October 8 and covers goods and services including motor land vehicles, namely automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof.
It is still very early to speculate on what the FNR name could be used for. Both previous FNR Concepts were developed by GM's Chinese joint venture partner, the Pan Asian Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), so this upcoming car will likely be developed by PATAC as well. The original FNR was mainly just a showcase of advanced technology but the FNR-X actually previewed an upcoming production car.
Given how fresh the trademark filing is, we likely won't see the new FNR Concept for a while, so don't expect to see it at the upcoming LA Auto Show in November. GM also recently filed a patent for Sport Control AWD, so perhaps this upcoming FNR Concept could debut this new AWD system.