Back in early November, General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Menlo EV, a fully electric hatchback that will hit the Chinese market in the first half of 2020. It’s the brand’s first battery-electric vehicle sold in the country, since the Chevrolet Bolt EV is not marketed there.
One of the Menlo EV’s features we can show you – as we have photos of the Chevy Menlo’s interior – is what the company touts as a “new-generation MyLink+ infotainment system.” We’re thinking this might be an improved version of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3, Buick Infotainment System and GMC Infotainment System units that currently equip cars and trucks sold in North America.
First of all, the Menlo’s 10.2-inch touchscreen is perched on top of the center stack instead of installed in the dashboard, which seems to be a growing trend in the automotive industry. We still find a physical volume knob, a home button and left/right buttons for skipping songs or radio stations, along with a button marked Media for switching between audio sources. Some models sold on our shores also include a Back button on their GM infotainment systems, which isn’t the case with the Bolt EV’s interface – the brand’s other fully electric car.
The on-screen interface has new main-menu button zones, stacked up on the left side and easily accessible from the driver’s seat. There are also tiles for the system’s various features, such as the OnStar communication service and the climate control system as seen in these pictures. These tiles might be configurable, meaning owners can set up a personalized home screen with their most frequently used applications and features.
Chevrolet also mentions that the Menlo EV’s MyLink+ infotainment system includes virtual car key and remote control, which means owners can access the vehicle with a registered smartphone app, in addition to remotely manage the car’s charge level and lock or unlock the doors.
Over the last few years, the automaker has added many features to its range of GM infotainment systems, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that replaced the text messaging feature as well as the GM Marketplace app for online shopping on the go. Amazon Alexa integration and Google Voice Assistant will soon be added, along with SiriusXM 360L.
As for the Chevrolet Menlo EV, we’re not expecting it to be offered in North America. However, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV should be unveiled sometime in 2020. The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs will be revealed on December 10th, while the next-generation GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade should follow soon thereafter. Meanwhile, GM has announced an eventual battery-electric Cadillac crossover and an EV pickup truck. One these new models could include the new-generation GM infotainment system that equips the Menlo, along with its bigger screen.