Bigger and Better Equipped Chevy Malibu Revealed

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In early April 2015, at an international exhibition in New York, GM on behalf of Chevrolet introduced a new, already ninth in the account, generation of the middle-sized sedan Malibu. The car changed radically: it became sportier externally, got a new interior, added in size, dropped more than a hundred pounds and got a hybrid powerplant.

The updated car will be released in later part of 2016.

Smooth style

The ninth Chevrolet Malibu experienced a serious change of style, turning into a fastback – a sedan with a dynamic compartment of roof, original forges on the side, a strongly inclined rear window and a small trunklid. The strict front part of the car is made in the corporate direction of the brand with a predatory cut of optics, a two-section grille, and a powerful bumper.

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No less stylish looks the rear end, which has placed on itself beautiful lights with LED sections and a relief bumper, into which two hexagonal branch pipes of the exhaust system are implanted. The length of the car is 193.5″, of which 111.3″ is on the wheelbase, width – 72.9″, height – 57.5″.

New Interior and Features

No less spectacular, the Malibu of the ninth generation is decorated inside: a proprietary multifunctional steering wheel, a modern instrument panel with a color board of the onboard computer and an interesting front panel architecture with an ergonomic console centered. The latter is crowned by a 7-inch monitor of the multimedia complex MyLink (in the top versions – 8-inch), below which the original climate control unit has settled. The decoration of Chevrolet Malibu implies the availability of quality materials for finishing, in particular, soft plastics, metal inserts and genuine leather.

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In front of the Malibu there are comfortable seats with enough developed lateral support, and the rear sofa can easily accommodate three passengers – the benefit of space in the legs and in width with interest. But the drop-down roof will obviously push on the tops of too tall passengers.

Power and Fuel Efficiency

For the Chevrolet Malibu of the 9th generation, two gasoline “quartets” Ecotec with turbocharging and direct injection are available. The basic versions of the car are equipped with a 1.5-liter engine with a start-stop system, generating 160 horsepower and 184 lb ft of torque and combined with a 6-speed automatic. In the urban cycle, fuel consumption about 32 mpg, and on the highway – more than 35 mpg.

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Under the hood of more productive options is based on a 2.0 liter unit, the output of which is 250 horsepower and 258 ft lb of peak torque. As a partner for him was originally an 8-speed automatic transmission, In 2017 update this power unit has been equipped with a 9-speed automatic (which, in addition to driving performance, improved the economy by 3%). For the classic American sedan modern hybrid power unit is also available, which includes a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, a pair of electric motors and a set of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 1.5 kilowatt-hours. Its total potential is 182 horsepower. On a clean electric powertrain, the hybrid Malibu can drive 40-50 miles, maximally accelerating to 54.6 MPH. When all units operate, the average fuel consumption in the combined cycle does exceed 40 MPG.

Tech Specs

Chevrolet Malibu of the 9-th generation is built on a new front-wheel-drive platform, but the suspension scheme has not changed in comparison with its predecessor – the McPherson struts on the front axle and the multi-link layout on the rear axle. Due to the wide use of high-strength steels in the design, the machine at once lost weight by more than 286 pounds. The steering system features the electric amplifier, and the brake package – disc brakes of all wheels.

Trim Levels and Equipment

This sedan is available in five versions – L, LS, LT, Premier and Hybrid. Already in the base the car has ten airbags, a climate system with two coverage zones and a multimedia center with a 7-inch screen. In the list of options – ventilation of the front seats, wireless charger for the smartphone, LED headlights, pedestrian notification system, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking function, “parental control” and much more.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2.0T
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection, turbocharger
Displacement 2,0L
Power/torque 250 hp; 260 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 111.4 in
Length 193.8 in
Height 57.6 in
Passenger volume 118.7 cu.ft
Cargo volume 15.8 cu.ft
Performance
0-60 6.1 sec
Top speed N/A
PRICE RANGE: $22,500-$32,000 (est)
Competitors: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6

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Summary

Recently updated Chevy Malibu is not expected subject to major changes. It is more likely to improve issues of the new generation.

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