The world debut of the all-new Chevrolet Menlo EV will take place during the 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night in the Chinese city of Hefei on Friday, November 8—alongside the new three-row Chevrolet Blazer XL.
The new Menlo EV becomes GM’s first fully electric Chevrolet vehicle to be sold in China where, oddly enough, the Bolt EV was never marketed. As such, the Chevrolet Menlo EV will seek to attract a growing number of customers who wish to acquire an affordable, zero-emission vehicle in the Asian country.
As we reported last August, the Chevrolet Menlo EV is a compact-sized crossover equipped with GM’s battery-electric propulsion technology. At this point, it isn’t clear what exactly its mechanical base is, but it’s safe to assume that it shares many of its components with the Buick Velite 6 Plus MAV launched in October.
From a design standpoint, GM China says that the new Menlo EV was inspired by the 2017 Chevrolet FNR-X Concept, The influence of the FNR-X Concept is mainly observed in the shape of the blacked-out A-pillar area, the line that connects the front fenders with the hood as well as some lower-body cladding elements. There are similarities in the rear as well, with the Menlo EV’s taillights connected by gloss black trim.
Chinese media reports indicate that the Chevrolet Menlo will be powered by a 150-horsepower electric motor along with a lithium-ion battery pack of undisclosed size—which makes sense, as the Velite 6 boasts a 147-horsepower (110-kW) motor. Driving range on a single charge has not yet been announced, although we imagine it will be similar to that of the aforementioned Velite 6 Plus, which boasts an estimated range of 254 miles, thanks to its high-density 52.5-kWh battery.
Chevrolet has invested heavily in electric propulsion technology lately, and has presented several ingenious solutions for the Chinese market through various concept cars. With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Menlo EV, the brand will open a new chapter in the electric age in China and provide a new experience of smart, emissions-free motoring to domestic consumers.