The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-sized sedan that was first introduced by Chevrolet in 1964. It is one of the oldest nameplates produced by Chevrolet and is currently in its 9th-generation. Chevrolet or its full-name, Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company. It is currently a division of General Motors, an even larger American car manufacturing company that was founded on September 16, 1908, and with Chevrolet itself being founded on November 3, 1911. Both car companies are known for their outstanding vehicles in terms of quality, safety, performance, and value for money.
Chevrolet Malibu Overview
The first-generation Chevrolet Malibu was first released in 1964 and is considered as a subseries of the popular Chevrolet Chevelle. The Chevrolet Malibu was available in multiple body styles like the classic four-door sedan, two-door Sports Coupe Hardtop, a convertible version, and a two-seat station wagon. The Chevrolet Malibu was an upscale version of the Chevrolet Chevelle with more posh and lavish interiors and finishing. Production of the Chevrolet Malibu was halted on the fourth-generation with a production run from 1978 to 1983. It was considerably downsized from its previous generation and had 2 trim styles available.
After a long production pause, the nameplate was revived in 1997, marking the fifth-generation of the class. It had a long production run from 1997 up to 2005 with major differences from the original version like the new front-wheel-drive configuration, and dropping the V8 engine option. The 5th generation Chevrolet Malibu cemented its hold as the premier American family sedan up until today. The current 9th-generation Chevrolet Malibu was first unveiled at the 2015 New York Auto Show and was later released for the model year 2016. It still retained the front-wheel-drive configuration and dropped the V-6 engine configuration opting for a more efficient inline 4 cylinder engine with or without turbo. The Chevrolet Malibu is offered in 5 variants and two engine options in the UAE.
Chevrolet Malibu Exterior Design
The current generation Chevrolet Malibu is more futuristic and forward-looking compared to the previous generation thanks to its sleeker lines and gentler curve. The wide and sleek front fascia grabs the attention thanks to the wide multi-level grille and chrome trim. The Chevrolet Malibu has a sleek, sporty, and sculpted look thanks to its aerodynamic lines, curves, and angles.
The top-end variant of the Chevrolet Malibu has dual chrome-tipped exhausts for added styling and performance. It is also equipped with an integrating LED headlamps that sharply flows together with the hood and bumper design. The bumper also sports an aerodynamic design that helps with airflow and is also equipped with LED day time running lights. It is also equipped with Auto-leveling headlamps for greater safety and visibility. The Chevrolet Malibu is available in 8 different exterior colors like switchblade silver metallic, summit white, black metallic, dark shadow metallic, rowan metallic, abalone white tri-coat, Kasmir metallic, and blue metallic. The exterior design of the Chevrolet Malibu is the perfect blend of class, aerodynamics, and performance.
Chevrolet Malibu Interior Design
The Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with best in class interiors with exquisite materials and superior craftsmanship. The cockpit of the Chevrolet Malibu is ergonomically designed with the intuitive placement of controls and gauges that will help minimize distractions and improve focus while driving. It is equipped with a Driver Information Center with a monochromatic display as well as a power seat adjustment with lumbar support for the driver. The seats are also one of the highest selling points of the Chevrolet Malibu with ventilated front driver and passenger seats for increased comfort and style. The driver seat also features an 8-ways power adjust with memory seat and driver personalization for added convenience.
Electronic cruise control with steering wheel control is standard together with passive vehicle entry and remote engine start. The car is also equipped with a multi-zone climate control system that can be automatically or digitally adjusted for better efficiency and convenience. IT also features rear air conditioning vents to improve air circulation within the car. The Chevrolet Malibu is equipped with the latest entertainment system available with its Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with Navigation and phone integration. The entertainment system can be controlled via the premium 8-inch touch screen display on the center console.
Engine Performance and Transmission
The Chevrolet Malibu has two available engine options and configurations that are both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
1.5 L Turbo
The 1.5 Liter 4 cylinder turbo-charged engine with variable valve timing, direct injection, and automatic start/stop technology can achieve a fuel-efficiency of 16.7 kilometers per liter.
2.0 L Turbo
The 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder turbo-charged engine can produce 250 hp and provide a fuel-efficiency level of 14.2 kilometers per liter.
The Chevrolet Malibu is designed with best-in-class passive and active safety protections to help make the journey safer for drivers, passengers, and other people. It is equipped with at least 6 airbags, for the front, side-impact, and roof impact airbags. The car is also equipped with tire pressure indicators, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The car is also equipped with Chevrolet’s Advance Safety Pack package that includes forward collision alert, following distance indicator, active safety lane keeps assist, pedestrian detection system, Semi-automatic parking assist, and collision avoidance, mitigation, and intelligent brake vehicle movement.