Fact file: Chevrolet Malibu
Premium feel for Europe's midsize segment
- Segment: Midsize
- Start of sales: Spring 2011
Having celebrated its world debut at concurrent shows in the U.S. and China, the new Malibu will make its first appearance in Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011. On the continent, where Malibu was not previously available, the all-new version will go on sale next year and be the brand's new flagship.
With a wheelbase of 2,737 mm and a track width of 1,577 mm, the new Malibu has an athletic posture. Its grounded stance and an integrated spoiler combine to give the car an assertive look. Thanks to a drag coefficient close to the Volt's 0.28, the Malibu will be one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in Chevrolet's passenger vehicle line-up.
Other exterior design cues include Chevrolet's signature dual-port grille, powerful Xenon or high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, large Chevrolet bow-tie badges in front and rear, and new Camaro-inspired LED dual-element tail lamps.
The new Malibu features the Chevrolet dual cockpit design that creates an inviting, spacious and comfortable environment with plenty of shoulder and hip room. The metallic or chrome accents used, the soft ambient lighting along the instrument panel and in storage pockets as well as the contrast stitching add to the car's interior refinement. In strategic locations, noise-deadening materials have been applied for a quiet, relaxed ride.
Storage opportunities include a radio face that articulates up and down to reveal a six-inch deep storage area behind its seven-inch touch-screen radio display – a first in a midsize car. On up-level specifications, Bluetooth wireless connectivity enables hands-free use of smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed.
Customers will be able to chose between two fuel-efficient and powerful 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel-fueled engines with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter displacements and a power output of 164 hp and 169 hp, respectively. In Europe, the all-new Malibu will be available with both manual and automatic transmission.
In terms of ride and handling, the Chevrolet Malibu has been engineered to meet the needs and preferences of European drivers. Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS), full-function traction control (TC), four-corner electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist system (BA), corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.
When it comes to safety features, the new Malibu will be one of the best-equipped vehicles in the segment. It will be pedestrian-protection-compliant in all markets where it is sold. A total of 6 airbags, dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front-passenger pelvic/thorax side-impact airbags as well as roof rail-airbags with rollover protection, are standard safety features for all global markets. Rear park assist and a rearview camera are available with mid- and up-level offerings.
The Malibu will be built in manufacturing facilities around the world, including the United States, South Korea and China.