Chevrolet is showing its newest crate engines in three vintage concepts
The 2018 SEMA Show is just around the corner, and U.S. automakers are slowly introducing new upgrades and accessories. On top of a few customized vehicles, Chevrolet also prepared three new crate engines. The cool thing about this is that they will be displayed in a trio of vintage, restomod-style vehicles.
New Patent Application Signals the Imminent Introduction of a Third Chevy FNR futuristic Concept
General Motors has renewed its patent for the name “FNR” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, suggesting that neither the General nor Chevrolet — the brand that used the name on a pair of concept vehicles — are done using the moniker. There’s no word yet on when Chevrolet plans to use the name again, but given its history, it could be used on a new concept that will debut somewhere down the road. The USPTO has yet to grant the patent renewal to GM, though it could only be a matter of time before it does.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Concept
The fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado broke cover in late 2017 with a brand-new design on the outside, all-new tech on the inside, and a range of drivetrain upgrades. Come 2018 and Chevrolet offers optional, dealer-available upgrades through its Performance and Accessories division. The Silverado LTZ Concept was created specifically to showcase some of these items before they go on sale.
Unveiled at the State Fair of Texas, the same city where the new-generation truck was introduced, the LTZ Concept is based on the LTZ Z71 trim and features three upgrades from Chevrolet Performance and eight items from the Chevrolet Accessories catalog. It’s not a concept in the true sense, as it doesn’t showcase futuristic designs or technologies, but it’s a good preview for the many ways you can customize a Silverado nowadays. The LTZ Concept will go on display at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas too.
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado RST Off-Road Concept
Proving that auto shows have become less appealing these days, the 2018 Texas State Fair has become Chevrolet’s venue-of-choice in revealing the Silverado RST Off-Road Concept. The unique trail-inspired Silverado is one of four concepts that Chevrolet unveiled in the event. The RST Off-Road Concept is arguably the most rugged version of the Silverado among the four concepts it’s bringing to the Texas State Fair. It’s packed with off-road equipment and accessories to showcase the pickup’s might and adaptability when it ventures into beaten paths.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado RST Street Concept
The fourth-generation Chevy Silverado broke cover in 2017 with a ton of new features, including state-of-the-art technology, and upgraded engines. But it’s also a highly customizable truck now, with plenty of features available from Chevrolet Performance and Accessories. Chevy just launched a handful of concept vehicles to showcase these features and the RST Street proves that trucks can look like hot rods too.
Based on one of the Silverado’s less expensive trims, the RST Street looks a bit more aggressive than the standard truck and it also rides lower than usual. Yes, while concept trucks usually ride higher for enhanced off-road capability, the RST Street was conceived for drivers who want a sportier truck. It also previews a new set of fender decals and carbon-fiber-look parts, so it won’t be long until you will be able to customize one just like the concept in the photos.
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept
Folks like to modify their rides for a variety of reasons. Some like to add a dash of personalized style, while others want to enhance the vehicle’s natural talents. However, some of the most interesting results come from the desire to take a vehicle out of its comfort zone, and as a result, create the unexpected. The Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept is a great example of something from that third category. While the Silverado is best known for its ability to haul goods, Chevy decided to see what would happen if it built a Silverado that could also haul ass. As such, this 2018 model gets a boatload of extra power thanks to a new concept supercharger system that ramps up output from the truck’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine by more than 100 horsepower. Of course, while gobs of extra power is always appreciated, a well-rounded build needs the complementary gear to go with it, and the Silverado Performance Concept delivers with additional performance parts, styling upgrades, and more.
Making its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Silverado Performance Concept joins roughly 20 other factory-backed Chevy models in attendance to entice both builders and enthusiasts alike with Bow Tie-styled goodness. Read on for the details on this go-faster truck.
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept
While SEMA certainly has plenty to offer when it comes builds that are low and fast, the annual vehicle modification extravaganza also offers loads of rough-and-ready off-roaders, many of which are rocking big suspension and the right stuff to tackle whatever Mother Nature has in store. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept is one good example, which looks to add to the Bow Tie’s already impressive performance truck cred as one part in a duo of custom Colorado concepts. Unlike its desert-running counterpart, the AEV focuses more on overland capability, adding robust off-roading exterior protection, enormous 35-inch tires (plus the requisite suspension lift), and even a fridge in case you get hungry while stomping around the great outdoors.
And that’s about right, considering AEV stands for American Expedition Vehicles, a private Montana-based manufacturer that’s been making comprehensive off-roader packages for the past two decades. “Our collaboration taught us that Colorado makes a great platform for building an off-road truck that can take you as far out as you want to go, safely,” says AEV’s founder, Dave Harriton. Read on for the specifics on what that claim entails.
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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Luke Bryan Concept
Chevrolet is no stranger to the SEMA Show, and this year, it’s brought a pretty interesting Suburban. Chevy teamed up with country singer Luke Bryan to build the “Luke Bryan Suburban” based on the singer’s hit song, Hutin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day. Naturally with a song title like that; this Suburban is built to tackle the great outdoors. The truck not only features a lift kit, experimental appearance add-ons, and a decked-out interior, but also a reengineered tailgate that swings sideways with a full-size spare tire, a rear-facing third-row bench, and a windowless cargo area.
The Suburban joins a handful of other concept vehicles from Chevrolet, along with hundreds of other vehicles from other brands and aftermarket companies at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Be sure to check out more of our 2017 SEMA coverage at TopSpeed.com
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2017 Chevrolet Traverse SUP Concept
The Chevrolet Traverse will never be mistaken for a scene-stealer, but every so often, the humble crossover gets its turn in the spotlight. That much we can expect from the Traverse SUP Concept when it paddles its way to the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. Dressed to impress, the Traverse SUP Concept takes the idea of a versatile ride to a new level. It’s not just a family-hauling three-row crossover anymore. It’s become an all-purpose vehicle that’s as adept at transporting groceries as it is at hauling beach and outdoor paraphernalia.
That’s pretty much the identity of this concept, and contributions from Thule and Riviera Paddleboard help bring it to life. Most of the upgrades do come by way of Chevrolet Accessories so, in some ways, the concept also acts as a showcase of sorts for a lot of Chevrolet Accessories that are on track to hit the market soon. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to when the Traverse SUP Concept hits the scene at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas. Who knows, this interpretation of the crossover could inspire you to get creative with your own Traverse. The model has shown that it’s capable of wearing many different masks, and the one we’re going to see at SEMA is just one of the lot.
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The Chevy FNR-X Concept Proves that Chevy Could Have a Bright Future
With the exception of the 2015 Chevy FNR concept, Chevy has pretty much proven that its design team is a bunch of 75-year-old retirees with nothing to do but put together boring special edition models like the recent Redline series we saw just a few months ago. I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a bow-tie on a concept that was actually on the better side of extreme (with the exception of that first FNR concept, of course.) Well, if you were to stroll into Chevy’s booth at Auto Shanghai today, you would see a pretty extreme concept that’s being called an FNR-X. At first, I thought to myself “Great; it’s just an SUV version of the original FNR.” But, I was wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I’m actually impressed with my favorite GM company for the first time in years. The concept you see here mixes things like dynamic digital LED lights with stout and muscular lines that scream 2030, while the interior gets no fewer than eight screens (including the instrument cluster) to go with adaptive ambient lighting and bold styling.
This concept, according to Chevy, is a plug-in hybrid that allows you to switch between two different drive modes – versatility and sport. Chevy didn’t elaborate on the drive modes but did say the FNR-X also gets an adaptive suspension, active grille shutters, and switchable wheel blades, all three of which can adjust automatically at high speed to cut down wind resistance. Inside, the seats are mounted to multipurpose rails while the rear seats fold flat, both of which should make for increased cargo room on demand. All interior screens feature OLED technology, while the main system screen is capable of voice recognition and customization based on who is using the system.
No word on that engine, the electric motors, or anything like range and fuel economy, but it does have a drive assistance system that provides autonomous driving and route selection based on road conditions. There’s also a HUD that is said to offer augmented reality via the 270-degree, rear-facing camera.
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept
You have to give a measure of respect to General Motors for not entirely throwing the white flag on the European market despite withdrawing Chevrolet from the continent a few years ago and selling off both Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA Group earlier this month. Its presence has diminished substantially, but it’s not completely out of the market yet. The Camaro remains a fixture in some countries across the Atlantic. It seems fitting then that Chevrolet’s stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was dominated by one car: the Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept.
For the record, the Camaro Track Concept isn’t some new prototype that will usher in a new era of muscle car goodness in the Old Continent. If only that were the case, right? Instead, the concept is, for all intents and purposes, a repackaged version of the Camaro SS 1LE that people from this side of the Atlantic first laid eyes on at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show last August. It may not be as exciting for us here in the U.S. since we’ve already seen it, but in the land where the Camaro itself has become one of the last remnants General Motors’ presence, it’s a pretty darn big deal.
So, what can our European friends expect from the Camaro Track Concept? The simplest answer is the Camaro SS, the Camaro variant from which it’s based on. That’s not all though because the Track Concept also comes with an enhanced aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels and tires, and a handful of cosmetic upgrades that elevate the track-focused muscle car’s appearance. Most importantly, it has engine and transmission upgrades, which should bode well for customers who are looking to really tap into the car’s full performance potential.
It’s still unclear as to when the Camaro Track Concept will transition from being a concept to a full-blown production model, but there is some momentum towards that happening, especially after Chevy itself announced that a selection of its Chevrolet Performance parts will be made available to European customers in the near future.
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Chevrolet Camaro Track Concept Brings 1LE Package to Europe
Having sold Opel and Vauxhall to the PSA group, General Motors has pretty much left the European market. However, Chevy is still active on the Old Continent by offering the performance-oriented Camaro and Corvette models. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet previews a track-focused version of the Camaro.
Essentially a Euro-spec version of the1LE, the Camaro Track concept sports many of the features seen on the U.S. Camaro SS fitted with the aforementioned package. Granted, it’s by no means as extreme as the new ZL1 1LE, but it comes with an enhance aerodynamic kit with upgraded front and rear bumpers that reduces lift at high speed. It also has a three-piece rear spoiler and 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in custom Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires that will stick to the Nurburgring track like crazy. The bespoke appearance is further enhanced by the smoked taillights, black emblems, and the flashy satin green paint with unique, gloss-black stripes on the engine hood and roof.
More goodies are available inside, starting with the Recaro bucket seats and the flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in suede. Chevy also added suede knee pads and center console arm rest, premium floor mats, and aluminum pedals.
Drivetrain-wise, the Track concept is based on the Camaro SS, getting its juice from a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 453 horsepower and 617 Nm (455 pound-feet) of torque. It also mates to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the muscle car received quite a few additional goodies, including engine, transmission and differential coolers, an electronic limited-slip differential, upgraded FE4 suspension lowered by 30 mm (1.2 inches) for improved cornering capability, and Brembo six-piston brakes.
There’s no specific word as to when the Track concept will become a production model, but Chevy said that a selection of the official Chevrolet Performance parts offered in the U.S. will become available in Europe in the "near future." I guess it’s safe to assume we should see the actual car in dealerships by the end of 2017.
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