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Chevrolet Menlo Electric Crossover Debuts in China

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Chevrolet Menlo electric crossover China
The Chevrolet Menlo electric crossover
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Chevrolet has unveiled the Menlo compact crossover — the brand’s first all-electric vehicle for the Chinese market.

The Menlo made its debut earlier this month at the Chevrolet Gala Night and is currently on display at the Auto Guangzhou 2019 show. According to testing conducted under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Menlo will be able to travel up to 255 miles on a single charge.

According to Chevrolet, the Menlo’s design is based heavily on the look of the brand’s FNR-X sports concept vehicle, which debuted at Auto Shanghai 2017. With a raked roofline and a lower, more wagon-like look, the Menlo looks considerably sleeker than Chevy’s American EV, the Bolt.

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Chevrolet Menlo electric crossover China
Photo: Chevrolet

Chevy’s announcement was light on detailed information about the Menlo, but we do know that the vehicle will feature a next-generation MyLink infotainment system along with intelligent voice recognition, remote control, and a virtual car key.

The Menlo’s range and size is similar to that of the Buick Velite 6 Plus, which was introduced in China last month. It’s likely that the two models share a common General Motors EV platform. GM released the regular Buick Velite 6 EV in China earlier this year and has been developing the Buick Enspire electric crossover.

Unfortunately for American drivers, it doesn’t look like the Chevrolet Menlo will be sold on the U.S. market.  However, Chevy is working on a new Michigan-built electric crossover that will share a platform with the next generation of the Bolt. Early spy shots of that model show a design that’s considerably boxier than the Menlo.

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