Meet The Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept: An All-New Ultium-Based Electric Sports Sedan

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Revealed in China, it previews one of 15 all-electric models due to launch in the country by 2025.

General Motors China has just unveiled the striking Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept, an electric sedan based on the Ultium platform with some seriously good looks.

The vehicle made its debut at GM China Tech Day 2022, where the automotive group announced the rollout of 15 new electric cars by 2025 in the world's biggest car market. As you'd expect, the sleek concept car is based on the highly flexible Ultium technology, which is used in existing vehicles such as the Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Hummer EV.

Like many of GM's modern EVs, the oddly named FNR-XE is quite the looker. The company's first electric sedan has a slender, coupe-like profile that is accentuated by the black-painted roof and pronounced rear haunches.

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There's a hint of Camaro in the low, menacing front fascia, which is decidedly athletic. It's clear to see, however, that the FNX-RE gains inspiration from the 2024 Blazer EV, which sports a similarly styled front end. The plus-sized faux grille has a gorgeous pattern that is upstaged by slim headlights and illuminated bow-tie badging.

Around back, a rakish C-pillar provides the concept with its coupe profile. There's also a hint of Toyota Mirai at the rear, but that's no bad thing. A set of turbine-style alloy wheels finishes everything nicely and pairs beautifully with the blue paintwork.

Overall, it's far better looking than Chevy's sole EV (for now, at least), the Bolt EV.

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Details surrounding the performance and drive setup are yet to be revealed, but the production version of the FNR-XE may be offered in front- and all-wheel drive, like the Equinox EV, or FWD, AWD, and rear-wheel drive, like the aforementioned Blazer EV with varying outputs per configuration.

According to Chevrolet, the FNR-XE is an amalgam of GM's global development resources and engineers from PATAC, GM's joint venture with SAIC Motor.

We know the Buick Envista SUV, previously thought to be a China exclusive, will soon make its way to the United States. Whether the FNR-XE follows suit, however, is another story.

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At the reveal, Chevrolet described the electric sedan as a glimpse into the next generation of intelligent electric vehicles developed for the Chinese market. This suggests the FNR-XE won't make it to other markets where, admittedly, the sedan body style is falling out of favor. The three-box design still enjoys popularity in China, where customers value rear legroom and the traditional body style.

We certainly hope it makes it to America, as it could inject some character into the burgeoning EV sedan market, currently ruled by the Tesla Model 3.

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