Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Chevrolet Malibu First Look: Staying Fresh to Fight Accord, Camry

Chevrolet Malibu First Look: Staying Fresh to Fight Accord, Camry

Inside RS models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats, and a standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen Infotainment 3 system.

Prices for the Malibu, Cruze, and Spark haven't yet been announced. What we do know is that it will pack a new 1.4-liter turbocharged EcoTec four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Spark - Chevrolet's segment sales-leading mini-car receives new front-end styling with cues inspired by the updated Malibu and Cruze, along with new exterior colors options, revised interior trim and an additional available active safety feature: Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking*.

Chevrolet's 49-mpg Malibu Hybrid carries on for 2019, as well. A new RS model brings along special styling cues such as a black grille, black bowtie emblem, rear spoiler, 18-inch machined wheels, and dual-exhaust outlet.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze's facelift also is limited to its schnoz, with a thinned horizontal grille bar now in chrome, even on the RS model, and a more prominent, reshaped lower front fasica.

"Cruze's refreshed styling gives Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA", said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. The Hatchback model claimed 20 percent of all Cruze sales in its first full year of production.

Although Chevrolet is making a few mechanical changes to the newly refreshed Malibu, we'll see mostly cosmetic updates when the midsize sedan arrives this fall. Expect this model to go for around $25,000, placing it between the middling LS and LT trims. The available LED daytime running lamps are moved lower, giving Spark a more powerful presence and a family resemblance to the rest of the Chevrolet vehicle lineup. All trims feature standard air conditioning, 10 standard airbags and a rear-vision camera system. Behind their new faces, the 2019 Spark, Cruze and Malibu, boast mechanical and technical upgrades, along with their new bumpers.

The restyled Malibu joins the 2019 Cruze and Spark as part of Chevrolet's freshened auto portfolio. Chevrolet is the most awarded and fastest-growing brand the last four years overall.

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