The 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night, in China, hosted the unveiling of an all-new model, the Menlo EV, sporty-looking wagon with a 410 kilometres range.
While General Motors’ purely electric bid is currently limited to the Chevrolet Bolt, in China, the largest automotive market in the world, Chevrolet is preparing to launch the Menlo EV, a rugged wagon with a decidedly more “utilitarian” silhouette than the Bolt, which is more in the compact hatchbacks niche.
For now, the American giant does not say much about its future electric addition to the Chinese market, but we at least know that the new model will come automatically with a range of 410 km according to the NEDC, a distance that would be a bit less if the vehicle came on our shores, with more severe or even more realistic methods of calculation.
There is a reason to believe that this new purely electric model could be successful on this side of the Pacific Ocean, especially because of a reasonable range, but also for being in the crossover/SUV segment.
The carmaker has already indicated that it would rely much on electric propulsion over the next few years, but so far, GM sticks only to the Bolt. Obviously, the possible return of the Hummer brand as a fully electric division is part of the rumours, while the few images of Cadillac‘s first EV also show a vehicle similar in proportions to the Chevrolet Menlo EV which will be unveiled on November 22 at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China.
Will General Motors announce something like this at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, at the same time as the Guangzhou Expo? This is not impossible, especially in a market like California where zero-emission vehicles are popular. And the luxurious Cadillac division would not say no to another SUV these days. We’ll see in a few days.