Chevrolet has now officially presented its first electric model for the Chinese market. The Chevrolet Menlo EV is an SUV with a range of up to 410 kilometres (in the outdated NEDC), which is expected to be launched in China in the first half of the year.
The show was part of a special “Chevrolet Gala Night”, during which a new combustion version of the Chevrolet Blazer was presented. The Menlo EV will be presented to the public at Auto Guangzhou 2019, which starts on 22 November, at which time Chevrolet will hopfully provide technical data for the electric SUV since none was available at the gala night.
So far, the only confirmed date is the range of 410 kilometres using NEDC. In everyday use, the Menlo EV should be able to drive around 300 kilometres with one battery charge. Apart from that, the Menlo is only said to combine “GM’s class-leading battery technology and highly efficient electric propulsion and intelligent connectivity technologies “.
The first details of the electric SUV for China were already leaked during the summer. In a statement to the Chinese authorities, General Motors stated that the Menlo EV is based on the Buick Velite 6 available in China as BEV and PHEV. The photos of the car, which have been on the web since August, also came from this announcement.
The photos showed that the Menlo EV is not a normal SUV, but rather a mixture of van, station wagon and crossover. GM describes the model as being based on an “all-purpose sports concept ” in the press release.
There is some consternation in the USA about the fact that the Menlo EV is to be sold exclusively in China. With the Volt and Bolt, Chevrolet was once very much at the forefront of electric drives. Another report speculates that the Menlo EV “would likely do well in the US market”. However, in the USA, there have been no signs of new Chevrolet electric models so far.
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