Chevrolet’s First EV in China is the MiniBlazer Menlo

The latest EV from Chevrolet is a crossover the company is calling a sedan. The Blazer look-alike offers up more than 250 miles of range, 147 hp, and you can’t buy one. Well, not in North America, at least. The Menlo is the first EV from Chevrolet to be sold in China, and it’s just arriving on sale now.

It’s styled after the FNR-X. The concept, which stands for Find New Roads-X first appeared in Shanghai in 2017. At the time, GM said it was just a concept which makes sense since it had coach doors in the back and was largely autonomous, but this production Menlo takes on most of the FNR-X’s styling cues and gets more than a little 6th-gen Monte Carlo in the tiny grille and headlights part of the nose.

The Menlo uses a 147 hp (110 kW) electric motor that makes 350 Nm of torque, using just 13.1 kWh/62 miles. Chevrolet China says that gives it a 254-mile range on the always optimistic NEDC test, and that it can charge to 80 percent of capacity in 40 minutes. The Menlo has gotten three driving modes as well as three regen braking modes to let it capture more energy, as well as change how it delivers energy while you’re driving.

Chevrolet didn’t give out many specs for this one, at least not yet, but did say that it maxes out at just under 39 cubic feet of cargo space meaning that while it looks like a Blazer outside, the hatch is a bit smaller than that of the Trax. 28 storage spaces help you make the most of the room.

On the inside, the China-only EV gets the latest MyLink infotainment with OnStar operating on a 10.1-inch display. There’s also an 8.0-inch full-color LCD instrument panel available. It has Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife, though we’ve never tried out the latter. It will be on sale first in Beijing in four trims running from RMB 159,900 to 179,900 after subsidies. That’s just under $23,000 to just under $26,000

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