After numerous spyshots, the Chevrolet Malibu facelift finally will get unveiled, 4 years after it debuted in the 2015 New You are able to Worldwide Auto Show. This time around, the handsome D-segment sedan will get subtle styling updates to choose several enhancements, together with a new transmission.
Firstly, the look. The face area continues to be restyled for any more aggressive look, thanks partly towards the bolder (and bigger) grille, revised headlights graphics and Brought DRLs. Besides the plethora of new wheel designs, the trunk finish also will get subtle changes, most conspicuously the brand new “dual element” double Y-formed Brought taillights.
Highlighting this facelift being active is the development of the very first ever Malibu RS. The sportier version will get blacked-out exterior trims like the grille, black “bowtie” emblems, a rear spoiler, 18-inch machined wheels and dual exhaust exits. However, the RS trim won’t obtain the new tail light design, settling rather for older units.
Inside, the RS will get leather-wrapped controls and equipment shifter to choose the black cloth upholstery, whereas the eight-inch touchscreen mind unit with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system (it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities) and reverse camera are standard over the range. For that Premier trim, it adds heated seats and eight-inch reconfigurable driver information center.
The Chevrolet Malibu can be purchased with three gas engines, beginning from the bottom 1.5 litre turbocharged unit. This powertrain, making 160 hp and 250 Nm, is paired with a brand new CVT gear box, which effectively replaces the older six-speed automatic. More costly variants obtain the hotter 250 hp/352 Nm 2. litre turbo four that’s associated with a nine-speed auto.
Available too may be the Malibu Hybrid, which attracts power from the naturally-aspirated 1.8 litre engine that’s mated to some Chevrolet Volt-based two-motor drive unit. Unchanged from before, the 182 horsepower hybrid powertrain is juiced by an 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery power. In pure electric mode, it may cruise to some maximum speed of 55 miles per hour (88 km/h). Exactly the same Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery product is retained, which harnesses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin.
Safety-wise, the Malibu will get Teen Driver safety platform, 10 airbags and also the usual three-lettered acronyms. Optional products include front pedestrian alert system, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and much more. The present five variants – L, LS, LT, Premier and Hybrid – will still be offered in america, rivalling the Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry.