New 2018 Chevrolet Malibu – Release Date and Review

 

The new 2018 Chevrolet Malibu challenges the segment’s best with its impressive feature set that includes better fuel economy, ample interior space, and tons of features for the money. Furthermore, it now features upgraded interior materials and technologies. On the technology front, expect now a better responding infotainment system. Rumors of its release date, price, and redesign changes have been covered below. So keep reading.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date & Price

Chevy is yet to make the details of the Malibu’s price and release date known as of this writing, this hasn’t however stopped some quarters within the industry from speculating the probabilities. That said, the price should of the Malibu Sedan should be expected around an MSRP of $21,000 and that of the Malibu Hybrid from around $27,000.

Review

The previous generation of the Malibu want particularly inspiring in comparison to a number of alternatives available on the segment at the time. It failed to stand out on any one area and therefore didn’t have the competitive edge that is more often than not a prerequisite in such a competitive market. Hopefully for 2018, the Chevrolet Malibu redesign seems to have ticked all the right boxes.

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Engineers of the Malibu appear to have went back to the drawing board and worked on all-new vehicle. It is still a Malibu to the core, but you’ll notice its exterior design is striking and elegant and one might mistake it for an Audi A7. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu interior has also gained some exclusivity at least for its class. It comes with a sensible amount of standard features. The material quality has been upgraded as well.

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Beneath the hood, the new Malibu comes with two engines: a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 160-horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque equipped under the skin of the L, LS, and 1LT models. The other option is a 2.0L turbocharged rated at 250 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque and comes equipped in the 2LT and Premier trim models.

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But even with such seemingly impressive specifications, we wouldn’t go that far to say the Malibu will ultimately be the new family sedan favorite. This year has seen a number of vehicles undergo redesigns as well and buyers will have a number of vehicles to choose from. Some of the alternatives available include the Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, and the Honda Accord.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign of Interior & Exterior

Four main trims are provided for the midsize 2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedan: LS, LT, L, and Premier. Just like its predecessor, the LT is further divided into 1LT and 2LT. The Malibu Hybrid review is offered elsewhere on this blog.

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Exterior Chevrolet Malibu colors: Blue Velvet Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Autumn Bronze Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Butte Red Metallic, Summit White, Nightfall Grey Metallic, and Crystal Red Tintcoat. Additional options may be available on its release date.

Some of the standard accessories available for the base Malibu include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, a CD player, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a cloth upholstery, folding rear seat, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, OnStar connectivity, and manually adjustable driver seat.

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Springing for the Malibu LS model gets you a seven-inch smartphone app connectivity with Android Auto and CarPlay integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, automatic headlights, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. The Malibu 1LT adds a satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, heated mirrors, seventeen-inch wheels rear climate vents, and ambient interior lighting.

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On top of what the 1LT offers, the 2LT adds dual exhaust tips, eighteen-inch wheels, and a large fuel tank.

The top-of-the-line Malibu Premier model adds a heated steering wheel, an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen display, wireless smartphone charging, a six-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview camera, remote ignition, nineteen-inch wheels, dual USB ports, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system, a 120-V power outlet, an automatic dual-zone climate control, driver memory settings, a leather upholstery, a color driver information display, and remote ignition.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Engine Specs

As already mentioned, the new Chevrolet Malibu comes equipped with two engines: a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder generating 160 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque; and a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder capable of making 250 horsepower and 260 pounds-ft. of torque.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3.4 in. (111.4 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 1.8 in. (193.8 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 103 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 3086 lbs
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 8,0 sec
MPG: 27/37 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Autumn Bronze Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Butte Red Metalllic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

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