What you see above could be an early glimpse into what the 2065 Chevy Malibu might look like. True, it’s rare for an automaker to tease us with product that’s 50 years away, but I think Chevrolet has done just that.
For now, this is just a design concept that Chevy has dubbed the FNR and unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show. I could try to describe its looks, but I think it’s best to let the pictures do the talking, because there’s just no good way to describe what is going on here visually.
How is it powered? I’ll let Gizmag explain:
The electric car is powered by magnetic hubless wheel motors and charged wirelessly. The driver starts the motor with an iris recognition system and can opt between manual and autonomous modes. A combination of sensors and a roof-mounted radar system analyzes the surroundings during autonomous driving, and a set of crystal laser head and tail lamps light the way.
The FNR has room for 6 people, and the front 4 bucket seats swivel so all passengers can face one another as the car safely navigates to their destination.
I don’t think magnetic hubless wheel motors are officially invented yet, so while we wait for the production version of the FNR, we’ll have to settle for the modern-day Malibu.
The 2016 version that’ll be on sale here in the States debuted at the New York International Auto Show, which we covered in depth. The new Malibu gets a sleek new look and is slightly longer than its predecessor, offering more interior room, while still coming in 300 pounds lighter. A new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will help the Malibu get improved fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon combined, while the new Malibu Hybrid should get around 47 mpg combined.
The Malibu is a distant sixth place in the race of the midsize sedans in the U.S., behind the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata. The Camry outsells the Malibu by about 4 to 1, but General Motors hopes this new version will at least narrow the gap.
I think it’ll work. The new Malibu looks fantastic and has the fuel economy numbers and the technology to shake up the playing field. It’s a great car, but might not reach the number-one spot until that 2065 model comes out.
Would you pick the new Chevrolet Malibu over one of the top five midsize sedans?