As the Chinese government implements strict emissions standards, automakers are readying many new China-only electric vehicles. One such vehicle being prepped by SAIC-GM is a new Chevrolet crossover that is powered exclusively by electric.
Found on a Chinese government website by CarNewsChina, the Chevrolet Menlo has officially broken cover. The Menlo is unique from a design perspective in the fact it does not really have a grille; the entire grille area is covered. Very slim headlights and an aggressive lower fascia blend the electric Menlo in with other recent Chevy models, such as the Blazer and upcoming Trailblazer.
The Menlo will be based on the same China-only architecture that underpins the Buick Velite 6, which is also a battery-electric model. Similar to the Buick, the Menlo is expected to offer about 174 horsepower, but its total electric range is not yet known. The Velite 6 offers 301 kilometers (187 miles) of electric range, so it is a safe bet the Menlo will be similar.
Chevrolet is expected to debut the Menlo at the Chengdu Auto Show in September. There are no expectations of the Menlo launching in any other markets other than China.