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News The Chevrolet FNR-XE Could Come to North America

The Chevrolet FNR-XE Could Come to North America

GM could bring the production version of the Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept to North America, depending on the public's interest.

  • The concept was unveiled last month in China.

  • This electric sedan could replace the Malibu in the automaker’s lineup.

  • GM’s president said public reception will dictate if this model is offered in the US.

General Motors has been very active in the EV space over the last year or two, unveiling a number of new models and concepts.

The latest in this line of future products that have been shown to the public is the Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept, a sporty-looking electric sedan.

This model was unveiled last month during GM’s China Tech Day. The company chose to launch this model in China since sedans are still very popular there, unlike in North America, where the Malibu is the only remaining sedan in the Chevrolet lineup.

Speaking of the Malibu, this new EV is expected to replace the older sedan in China and recent developments hint at a similar outcome for North America.

Indeed, the president of General Motors, Mark Reuss, said that the company will evaluate the public response to this model to determine if it should be sold in other markets worldwide, including North America.

Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept | Photo: Chevrolet
Chevrolet FNR-XE Concept | Photo: Chevrolet

Unlike many models sold in other countries, importing the production version of the FNR-XE could be relatively easy since it will share the same Ultium platform as most of GM’s other electric vehicles.

If the automaker does decide to bring this model to North America, it is unlikely that the first units will be delivered to their buyers before 2025 however, since the Chinese version is planned to launch only in 2024.

In addition, production could be quite limited at first because the limited supply of Ultium batteries means that General Motors prioritizes certain models over others, mainly those that can generate more profit.

Since sedans have been declining in popularity in the US and Canada in favour of SUVs and trucks for the last two decades, this means that the FNR-XE could be one of the last vehicles to receive a steady supply of batteries as more cell-making facilities open across the continent over the rest of the decade.

Source: GM Authority

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