2016 Chevrolet Malibu
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New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu at The Chevy Source for Long Island, NY
The beginnings of the Malibu name are tied to that of the Chevrolet Chevelle. That's because the Malibu was a range-topping trim level of the Chevelle from 1964 to 1977. With the 2016 model, Chevrolet aims to turn the Malibu into a more upscale model, as well as a more efficient alternative to segment leaders from Toyota Toyota and Honda. Keep reading to find out if GM's new midsize sedan stands a chance against its main competitors in the U.S.
Under the Malibu's Hood
The Malibu comes with either a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed and eight-speed automatic, respectively. The base 1.5-liter model is able to hit at least 37 mpg on the highway and will include stop/start technology to increase city mileage. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will be the performance-based model, offering additional power that should perform at least as well as the 2.0-liter engine in the Cadillac ATS, which produces 272 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The third powertrain the Malibu will offer is a full-hybrid version that incorporates some of the technology developed for the second-generation Volt, including a 1.8-liter I-4 mated to two electric motors. The motors will run off an 80-cell, 1.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that will be placed under the second row seats. (The hybrid will lose some trunk space but still provide ample room in the rear.) Chevrolet promises at least 45 mpg combined fuel economy on the hybrid Malibu.
Design of Chevrolet Malibu
Head-on, the Malibu reinterprets its twin grilles into narrower bands that feel a lot more at home on a shopping list alongside Camrys and Accords. The band of headlights and air intakes sit atop a larger grille, and the pair have a balance completely foreign to the prior car. Bracketed running lights give the 'Bu a new stylish lighting signature, too. At the rear, the taillamps aren't squared off in a 'Vette homage; they're narrow, Mazda-like, and cap hexagonal exhaust ports, tapering the tail much more effectively than in the past. Proportionally, the car's been stretched quite a bit, and the nose has dropped--though it's actually lost weight, all credited to more high-strength steel. There's so much length in the doors, designers had to place "Malibu" script on the front pair to break up the big swaths of sheetmetal.
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There are also a number of high-tech driving features, such as adaptive cruise control, rear camera, lane keep assist, blind-spot warning and forward collision alert. The pedestrian alert system can help spot pedestrians with its radar and cameras and force the car to stop if the driver does not notice them. Give us a call for more information on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today!
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