2014 Chevrolet Malibu is Roomier, More Efficient
** Fuel-saving start-stop technology added to standard model
** Rear knee room improved by 1.25 inches (31.7 mm)
** Chassis and suspension developments enhance drive experience
DETROIT - Chevrolet today unveiled the 2014 Malibu - a roomier, more refined and more efficient execution of its midsize sedan. Updated styling, a revised interior, a new 2.5L standard engine and suspension enhancements highlight the changes. It goes on sale this fall.
"The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu builds on the strengths established by the all-new 2013 Malibu to make it a stronger choice for customers," said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. "The midsize sedan segment is the most contested in the industry and we're not sitting still with the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu."
The new and enhanced features include:
-Revised front-end appearance
-Roomier rear seat with 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) more knee room
-Redesigned centre console
-New 2.5L engine with variable valve lift control and start/stop technology helps deliver -estimated fuel consumption of 8.7 L/100km city and 5.6 L/100km highway a 5-percent improvement in city and 2-percent greater highway efficiency
-Nearly 14 percent more torque from the available 2.0L turbo engine - 295 lb-ft of torque (400 -Nm) engineered for a greater feeling of power on demand
-Suspension enhancements derived from the all-new 2014 Impala engineered to contribute to a more refined driving experience
- New available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features
Malibu's revised front-end appearance is influenced by the all-new Impala, creating a more cohesive look across Chevrolet's sedan lineup. The front fascia features a new, more prominent lower grille and the hood extends down and over the leading edge of a narrower upper grille. The grille openings - with black grille texture - are wider and accented with chrome.
Inside, redesigned seats contribute to greater rear-seat space and greater comfort. The front seatbacks are shaped to improve rear-seat knee room, while new cushion sculpturing and revised cushion material allow passengers to sit deeper in the rear seats. Approximately half an inch (15 mm) was trimmed from the front of the rear seat cushion, for greater comfort behind passengers' legs.
The Malibu's redesigned centre console has a longer armrest designed for greater comfort, along with a pair of cup holders and dedicated storage for two cell phones.
"We made changes within 18 months, demonstrating an unprecedented commitment to make the Malibu the best car it can be," said Ken Kelzer, executive chief engineer, global full-size and midsize cars. "The 2014 Malibu has been engineered to deliver more precise ride and handling that is on par with more expensive sports sedans."
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