SHANGHAI — Shanghai-GM on February 15 launched the new Malibu, Chevrolet’s global midsize sedan, at a ceremony here, according to a GM news release.
Five variants of the Malibu priced from ¥162,900 ($25,901) to ¥229,900 are available for preorder at 552 Chevrolet dealerships across China.
Built on GM’s award-winning advanced global midsize passenger car architecture, the Malibu was developed with input from GM engineering and design centers around the world.
The Malibu is powered with GM’s most advanced 2.4L SIDI and 2.0L DVVT engines. The 2.4L SIDI engine offers maximum power of 137 kW and peak torque of 240 Nm, while the 2.0L engine offers class-leading combined fuel economy of 8.0 liters/100 kilometers.
In addition, the model comes with GM’s new-generation six-speed automatic/manual transmission, allowing for smooth shifting without compromising fuel economy or noise reduction.
The Malibu offers the EPS (Electronic Power Steering) system as a standard feature.
Meanwhile, the Malibu features the global Chevrolet design cues and shares DNA with the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro sports cars, with a wide body design and high-definition audiovisual entertainment system.
“The Malibu will play an important role expanding GM’s presence in the upper-medium passenger car segment,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. The model complements Shanghai-GM’s Buick LaCrosse and Buick New Regal, two of the segment’s most popular models.
The Malibu, which made its debut in the U.S. in 1964, is the industry’s longest-running midsize passenger car nameplate. The all-new eighth-generation Malibu will be offered in about 100 countries on six continents.
General Motors Launches Chevrolet Malibu in China
Midsize Sedan Offers Perfect Blend of Comfort and Drivability
Shanghai – Shanghai GM today launched the new Malibu, Chevrolet’s global midsize sedan, at a ceremony attended by famous actor and Chevrolet Malibu ambassador Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Five variants of the Malibu priced from RMB 162,900 to RMB 229,900 are available for preorder at 552 Chevrolet dealerships across China.
“With a balanced combination of style, comfort and drivability the Malibu will be a great addition to the Chevrolet family in China,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “It will play an important role expanding GM’s presence in the upper-medium passenger car segment.”
The segment has grown rapidly over the past decade, becoming one of the largest in the market, with demand being driven by successful young consumers. The Malibu complements Shanghai GM’s Buick LaCrosse and Buick New Regal, two of the segment’s most popular models.
Award-Winning Global Architecture
The Chevrolet Malibu is built on GM’s award-winning advanced global midsize passenger car architecture. It was developed with input from GM engineering and design centers around the world. Engineers put a premium on creating an enjoyable driving experience.
The Malibu features a European-style sports chassis that offers exceptional ride and handling. Its MacPherson strut front suspension with independent subframe, together with aluminum steering knuckles and lower control arms and stabilizer bars, minimizes un-sprung weight for enhanced control. The Malibu’s four-link rear suspension with robust aluminum lower control arms and a hollow rear sway bar fosters a smooth ride while reducing noise and vibration.
The extensive use of aluminum components contributes to enhanced stability. Exclusive CCI dynamic chassis comfort tuning technology delivers precise handling and dynamic comfort. The Malibu also offers the EPS (Electronic Power Steering) system as a standard feature; EPS provides excellent maneuverability at low speeds and exceptional control at high speeds.
Highly Efficient Powertrains
Powering the Malibu are GM’s most advanced 2.4-liter SIDI and 2.0-liter DVVT engines. The 2.4-liter engine offers maximum power of 137 kW and peak torque of 240 Nm, enabling the Malibu to outperform other midsize passenger cars equipped with naturally aspirated engines. The 2.0-liter engine offers class-leading combined fuel economy of 8.0 liters/100 kilometers.
The Malibu comes with GM’s new-generation six-speed automatic/manual transmission. The transmission is highly efficient and allows for smooth shifting without compromising fuel economy or noise reduction.
Classic Chevrolet Design Cues and Innovative Technology
The Malibu features the global Chevrolet design cues and shares DNA with the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro sports cars. The Malibu has a dual-port grille complemented by a muscular rear with square taillights. Its five-spoke silver wheels are reminiscent of the Camaro. Six exterior colors are being offered: California Red, Dark Sea Blue, Summit White, Star Silver, Jazz Black and Sky Gray.
The interior features Chevrolet’s characteristic dual-cockpit styling as well as unique two-tone leather seats. Three-dimensional sea blue lighting creates a serene ambience. The Malibu’s wide body design ensures a roomy interior with a spacious back seat.
GM’s patented Oscar three-dimensional, mannequin-like simulation tool was used early in the development process to determine the overall dimensional layout of the car’s interior and maximize both roominess and passenger comfort as well as overall safety.
The quiet interior was created by implementing Quiet Tuning through by the use of 32 soundproofing materials. Its wind noise coefficient is 35.5 dBw, the best among vehicles in its class.
The Malibu comes with a high-definition audiovisual entertainment system that draws inspiration from the iPhone. Located behind its seven-inch touch screen is a spacious storage box. The standard OnStar system further improves safety and security. Owners can use their smart phones to preset destination information, monitor tire pressure, engine oil, and more.
“The arrival of the Malibu ushers in a new era for Chevrolet in China, giving our mainstream brand a complete lineup of passenger cars,” said Wale. “It will meet the diverse needs of the new generation of professionals and distinguish itself in the upper-medium passenger car segment.”
The Chevrolet Malibu, which made its debut in the United States in 1964, is the industry’s longest-running midsize passenger car nameplate. The all-new eighth-generation Malibu will be offered in about 100 countries on six continents. It carries on the award-winning heritage of the seventh generation, which garnered more than 40 industry awards, including 2008 North American Car of the Year.
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