Images showing the new Chevrolet Menlo EV have been published by the Chinese automotive press, leaking the new vehicle’s design ahead of its debut later this year.
The Chevrolet Menlo EV is essentially a Chevrolet-badged version of the battery electric Buick Velite 6 hatchback that debuted in April. Some websites are touting this as the Chinese version of the forthcoming Bolt EUV, but this is actually a separate vehicle entirely and will not be sold in North America in any facet. Both the Velite 6 and Menlo EV were developed to replace products that had to be discontinued due to the stricter China 6 emissions standards, so they were not developed with the North American market in mind.
Powering the Chevrolet Menlo is a 150 horsepower electric motor along with a lithium-ion battery pack of undisclosed size. It’s also not clear how far it will be able to travel on a charge, although we imagine it will have a similar range to the Velite 6, which boasts an alleged city driving range of 187 miles. Chinese media reports indicate it will also feature a large panoramic sunroof, rear camera, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and a roof rack. Neither the sunroof nor the roof rack are pictured on the model above, but they can be seen in the close-up shots below.
The Chevrolet Menlo EV will make its official debut at the 2019 Chengdu Motor Show in early September. The Chevrolet Bolt EUV, meanwhile, is expected to debut next year as a 2021 model year vehicle. Don’t expect it to have much in common with the Menlo – apart from that recognizable gold bowtie out front and back, of course.