The Chevrolet Malibu is a front-wheel drive Class D sedan. The ninth generation made its world premiere at the New York Motor Show in April 2015.
Chevrolet’s engineers and designers didn’t just modernise the previous generation Malibu, they literally created the sedan anew. In fact, it has nothing in common with its predecessor, which is evident at a glance. The eighth generation was drawn with an eye on Camaro, creators of the ninth generation were obviously inspired by Impala model. Malibu has benefited from it. Moreover, the interior of the sedan has also become absolutely different.
Malibu is constructed on a new platform due to which sedan managed to lose 136 kg of weight (and it is with a small increase in dimensions). In addition, the car became safer and more technologically advanced – ten airbags (including side and knee), rear view camera in the “base”, there is an alert for pedestrians in front of the car, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and parking, monitoring the marking and monitoring of dead zones. And Chevrolet also says the Malibu sedan is the first car in the industry to use the Teen Driver system, which allows parents to control their children: using a PIN code to limit speed and view travel history.
The base engine for the Chevrolet Malibu is the 1, 5-liter Ecotec turbo four, producing 160 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The next is also turbocharged, but two-liter unit with 250 “horses” of capacity and 350 Nm of torque. The first one works with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the second – with an 8-speed “automatic” Hydra-Matic. Manual gearbox is not available for the sedan at all. As to fuel consumption, the engine of smaller volume consumes 8,7 litres of petrol in a city, bigger – 10,6 litres per 100 km in the same city cycle.
But that’s not all. The Americans have also prepared a hybrid modification of Malibu with a combination of the 1.8-liter petrol engine and two electric motors. Total efficiency of such installation makes 182 hp. At speeds up to 88 km/h the car can go on electric traction, and then the internal combustion engine turns in work. The average fuel consumption of the hybrid version is 5.2 litres. This is thanks in no small part to the braking energy recovery and exhaust gas recirculation systems.