A month and a half after its world debut, General Motors has officially opened the order book for the Chevrolet Menlo EV in China. From now until February 8, 2020, customers can reserve their copy of the new Chevy electric crossover with a 5,900-Yuan deposit (about $855 USD at the current exchange rate), and will also receive an EV purchase discount that will vary from one city to another.
In the city of Beijing, in which significant incentives for electric cars are available, those who pre-order the Chevrolet Menlo EV will benefit from a substantial discount of 100,000 Yuan (about $14,270) off the final price. Due to this particularity, presale of the Menlo EV in the Chinese capital is managed exclusively by the flagship Chevrolet Beijing dealership and the Tmall Chevrolet online store.
Although it hasn’t yet been announced, the formal launch of the Chevrolet Menlo EV in the Chinese market should occur sometime in February, with deliveries beginning during the same month. By then, GM will have revealed official pricing and other details we need to know about this new Chevrolet electric vehicle.
As we have previously reported, the all-new Chevrolet Menlo EV is the brand’s first fully electric model in China – where the Bolt EV was never marketed. The vehicle, which features an innovative exterior design inspired by the 2017 Chevrolet FNR-X Concept, has a maximum range of 410 kilometers (255 miles) on a single charge, according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test.
As such, the new Menlo EV is a compact crossover’s styling gives it a strong and sporty appearance. The vehicle measures 183.6 inches in overall length, with a width of 71.6 inches and a height of 60.6 inches, while its wheelbase is set at 104.7 inches. The Menlo’s length is similar to the third-generation Chevrolet Equinox’s, but its roofline is considerably lower.
The Menlo EV’s cockpit boasts a striking design and is equipped with start-of-the-art connectivity features, which provide a convenient user experience. This includes a new generation of the Chevrolet infotainment system with floating 10.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen. There’s also a fully digital driver instrument panel that uses an eight-inch screen.
It’s worth noting that to our knowledge, GM has currently has no plans to market the new Chevrolet Menlo EV outside of China.