Chevrolet to reveal new electric model for China
Chevrolet will present the Menlo EV, a fully electric crossover model for the Chinese market, at the Chengdu Auto Show in September. While first pictures have already been leaked, as yet only a few technical details are known.
The Menlo EV is based on the Buick Velite 6 available in China as BEV and PHEV. It seems the body will be a mixture of van, station wagon and crossover. At least this is what can be seen in the pictures that General Motors had to present to authorities as part of a declaration to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The Menlo will be 4.65 metres long, 1.82 metres wide and 1.54 metres high – with a wheelbase of 2.66 metres. It must be kept in mind, however, that this is the extent of the technical data that can be considered confirmed. The figures appearing online with regard to performance already differ: while CarNewsChina.com insists the Menlo EV runs with 128 kW, InsideEVs claims this will be 109 kW.
According to the Chinese site, the powertrain is to come from local Chinese production, explaining that the Menlo itself (like the Buick Velite 6) is to be built by the joint venture SAIC-GM. InsideEVs writes that the battery will be supplied by SAIC subsidiary Era Power Battery Systems. If the battery is the same high-voltage battery as in the Velite 6, the range of the Chevy is likely to be less than the 301 km of the Buick due to the higher motor power of the Chevy.
The American news site speculates that the Menlo EV could also give an outlook on the Chevrolet Bolt’s SUV offshoot for the US market.