In New York, not so long ago, the ninth generation of the Chevrolet Malibu was presented. Feedback from experts suggests that the presented model has received dramatic changes and is significantly different from the previous generation. Despite the fact that the modification went on sale in 2015, it is not officially sold on the domestic market. This is due to the decision of marketers that in Russia they are indifferent to such machines. Although such a statement is rather controversial.
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has received a completely redesigned exterior. The car is not made in the body of a "sedan", but of the type of "fastback", that is, it is equipped with a coupe-like roof. The front part is distinguished by an elongated hood and clear embossedlines on it. The optics of the version in question has been completely transformed. It has become very narrow, equipped with chrome inserts and special lenses. Between the headlights placed a small grille, divided into two compartments. The lower enlarged part is made in the form of an octagon.
Both grille sections have chrome trim. Below are club-shaped foglights, the shape of which is emphasized by the configuration of the bumper. In the same part there are air intakes that cool the front brake discs. The lower compartment of the bumper is protected by a plastic insert that acts as a splitter.
As evidenced by the reviews of the Chevrolet Malibu, the updated version can surprise with an aggressive body shape on the sides. Some picky users in this segment find similarities with the BMW 3 Series.
Among the nuances of the exterior, the following points are also noted:
- mass punch lines;
- transitional stampings from the rear optics through the front handles to the front fender;
- flared wheel arches for a muscular and aggressive look;
- voluminous chrome trim for narrow windows.
The back of the car looks no worse than the sidewall. Here, the original small luggage compartment lid catches the eye, the configuration of which resembles the analogue from the Mercedes CLS. This part also acts as a spoiler, increasing the aerodynamic properties of the car. Narrow light elements are equipped with a beautiful "stuffing". Massive rear bumper at the bottomparts are equipped with plastic protection. In the same area there is a pair of hexagon exhaust pipes.
The new Chevrolet Malibu received a radically different interior decoration, which cannot be compared with its predecessor. The interior has become more modern than many analogues, which is expressed in high-quality finishing materials. The main trim components are multi-colored leather and wood inserts. Build quality is top notch.
Ergonomic beautiful chairs covered with leather are installed in the front part. The seats are adjustable in eight positions. The landing is comfortable, there is a little lateral support. The rear sofa is also sheathed in leather, three adults can easily sit on it. In some modifications in this part there is a deflector heated climate system.
In front of the driver's seat is a three-spoke steering wheel with leather trim, chrome insert and a mass of push-button controls to control the multimedia and climate system. The instrument panel features large analog gauges for the speedometer and tachometer, as well as oil temperature and fuel gauges. All devices are decorated with a beautiful chrome trim. In the middle part of the dashboard there is a large and informative on-board computer.
Other interior equipment
Chevrolet Malibu 2018 center console at the top equipped with seven oreight inch monitor. Made like a tablet, the display harmoniously fits into its place. Adjustment is carried out by sensors, as well as a volume adjustment button, an alarm control, a climate control button. The button block is decorated with a chrome trim. The bottom has various sockets, including a 12V outlet.
Tunnel compartment completely made of wood, equipped with a drawer for small items and a transfer box selector. On the right side there are a pair of cup holders framed by a chrome strip and an armrest. Trunk capacity for a car of this class is quite acceptable - 447 liters.
Chevrolet Malibu Specifications
The following are the main parameters of the car in question:
- overall dimensions (m) – 4, 92/1, 85/1, 46;
- wheelbase (m) – 2, 82;
- combined fuel consumption (l/100 km) – 8, 7;
- "run" up to 100 km (sec) - 6, 7;
- speed limit (km/h) – 250;
- transmission unit - automatic transmission for 8 ranges, aggregating with front-wheel drive;
- suspension unit - independent springs rear and front;
- brake system - discs (ventilated).
Chevrolet Malibu review will continue by studying the characteristics of the proposed power units. Three types of engines are provided for the specified car, all of them are reliable and economical.
- Hybrid version that combines a gasoline engine (1.8 liters) and an electric motor. Together they provide a power of 124 hp. s, with a torque of 175 units. This is the most low-power model will please the owners with an economical "appetite", spending about five liters of gasoline per "hundred". It is possible to move exclusively on an electric motor. True, the dynamics in this case is zero, and the power reserve does not exceed 88 km.
- The second most powerful power unit has a 1.5-liter volume, equipped with a turbine boost. The power parameter is 160 "horses" with a torque of 250 Nm. The motor "eats" about nine liters in the city, about six - on the highway.
- The most powerful in this trio is a two-liter engine with 16 valves and a turbine. At a flow rate of 11 liters, the unit produces 250 horsepower, torque - 350 Nm.
Dynamics and chassis
There is little information about the dynamics of the above engines in the reviews of the Chevrolet Malibu. Regarding the transmission, they note that each motor interacts with different gearboxes. One and a half liter and hybrid options are aggregated with a six-speed automatic. The two-liter version is paired with an automatic transmission for eight or nine modes. At the same time, all configurations are equipped with front-wheel drive.
The chassis of the car in question has not changed much. The front block includes MacPherson struts in its design. The rear suspension is a multi-link kit. reducethe mass of the machine (almost 130 kg) was possible thanks to the use of lightweight high-strength steel. Steering is facilitated by an electric booster, and disc brakes help to stop reliably.
How much does a Chevrolet Malibu cost? The ninth generation is available in five trim levels, which determines the final price of the car. The version with minimal equipment will cost from $23,000, the luxury category - from $30,000.
The database contains the following useful options:
- wireless phone charging;
- 10 airbags;
- correcting the behavior of the car if there is a child in the cabin;
- pedestrian recognition;
- adaptive cruise control;
- automatic braking (ABS);
- separate climate system.
In their reviews of the Chevrolet Malibu, owners point out a number of advantages and disadvantages. Since it is problematic to purchase the latest model in Russia, there are not so many opinions of domestic consumers. Nevertheless, they attribute the following points to the pluses:
- comfortable spacious interior;
- quality interior finishes;
- original beautiful exterior design;
- excellent noise isolation;
- capacious trunk;
- fast motor.
The owners consider high fuel consumption, especially on a two-liter engine, a harsh suspension, high purchase and maintenance costs as disadvantages. Concerningmodels with a hybrid engine, opinions differ radically here. Some are pleased with the economy and the ability to drive without gasoline, others are annoyed by the low dynamics and low power of the car.
Should I buy a Chevrolet Malibu?
Summing up, I would like to note that General Motors has created a good city sedan that pleases owners with increased comfort and maximum functionality. Young people and lovers of "frisky" behavior on the road will not be delighted, because the dynamics of the car leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, the car will absolutely find its consumer niche. It is a pity that it will be problematic for domestic motorists to purchase a Chevy Malibu.