The mid-size Chevrolet Malibu car (named after the city of Malibu, California) was launched in the United States by General Motors. This model entered the markets of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Israel. For the first time the name Malibu appeared in 1962. That was the name of the Chevrolet Chevelle special car. This continued until 1977. And only in 1978 the name Malibu completely replaced Chevelle. The Chevrolet Malibu was smaller than the previous mid-size cars. At that time, only two versions were offered: Malibu and Malibu Classic.
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The proposed Chevrolet Malibu Landau series had a two-color body (the upper and lower parts had different colors) and a vinyl roof. For the 1978 models, four engine options were offered: V6 95 hp with a volume of 3.3 liters; V6 105 hp volume of 3. 8 liters; 5-liter V8 with 140 HP; Volume V8 165-strong of 5.8 liters. The Chevrolet Malibu was offered in three body styles: a 2-door coupe, a 4-door sedan and a pickup truck. Note that the 4-door Malibu model had a special version of the 9C1 police for the police services. She replaced the previously used Chevrolet Nova. From 1978 to 1981. Chevrolet Malibu used platform A, with rear-wheel drive. In 1979, a 4.4-horsepower, 4.4-liter V8 power unit appeared on the list of proposed engines. In 1980, there is a very rare Malibu M80 model. It was proposed only for North Carolina and South Carolina, which revived the era of “powerful cars” (5th wheel waterproof cover).
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This version was aimed at NASCAR racing fans. Still do not know the number of Chevrolet Malibu M80 released. Also this year, the V6 engine of 95 hp with a volume of 3.3 liters is replaced by a V6 of 110 hp with a volume of 3.76 liters, the power of a power unit of 125 hp of the V8 with a volume of 4.4 liters decreases at 115 hp, and the power of the V8 power unit with a volume of 5.8 liters increases to 170 In 1981, 12,000 Chevrolet Malibu cars were ordered for the Iraqi government at General Motors in Oshawa, Canada. The contract amount was $ 100 million. These were not standard versions of 4-door sedans. Under the hood was a GM V6 engine with a volume of 3.8 liters and a power of 110 hp. In order, a 3-speed manual gearbox was installed and the gear knob was located on the floor. All cars were equipped with air conditioning, improved cooling system, sturdy lining and 14-inch steel wheels. As a result, they were used in the services of the Iraqi taxi. In 1982, 12,000 more cars were ready to be sent to Iraq, but the order was canceled.
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Iraqi officials explained this as “problems with the car,” but the real reason was that the military operations that began at that time were related to Iran. As a result, the cars were sold at a significantly reduced price in Canada. For the car, three transmission options are offered: manual 3 and 4-speed gearboxes, as well as 3-speed “automatic”. In 1982, the Chevrolet Malibu undergoes some external changes, and also goes to the G platform with rear-wheel drive along with cars like the Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and Buick Regal. In addition, there are two diesel engines: V6 Diesel with a volume of 4.3 liters and a power of 85 hp. and a V8 engine of 105 hp and 5.8 liters. In the same year, the following gasoline units were removed from the list of engines: a 4.4-liter V8 engine with a capacity of 115 hp. and a V8 of 170 horsepower with a volume of 5.8 liters. In 1983, the production of Chevrolet Malibu ceases.
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The next generation appeared only after 15 years. In 1997, General Motors introduced the new Chevrolet Malibu with front-wheel drive, which was based on GM’s N platform. It was already an elegant 4-door sedan with smooth lines. Two engine variants were prepared: an LD9 I4 2.4-liter power unit with an output power of 150 hp. and the volume of the engine LG8 V6 of 3,1 liters of capacity of 155 CV. As for the transmission, a 4-speed automatic transmission was installed. In the same year, Chevrolet Malibu wins the Motor Trend magazine nomination. In 2000, the power of the LG8 V6 engine with a volume of 3.1 increases to 170 hp, and the 4-cylinder LD9 I4 with a volume of 2.4 liters is removed from the list of proposed engines. Also in this model year, the car gets a new grill. In 2004, the Chevrolet Malibu receives the name of Chevrolet Classic and reappears the Ecotec I4 4-cylinder engine with a volume of 2.2 liters. This was the fifth generation of the Chevrolet Malibu. Now Malibu was presented in two versions of the 4-door sedan and the 5-door van (Chevrolet Malibu Maxx). The exterior of the Chevrolet Malibu has also been updated.
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The car received a new Epsilon platform for cars with front-wheel drive. The basic engine for this generation was the Ecotec L61 I4 4-cylinder power unit with a volume of 2. 2 liters, whose power made 145 hp. The versions with LS and LT packages were equipped with a L6 V6 High-Value LX9 3.5-liter engine with a capacity of 200 hp. And the higher versions of the SS sedan and the van had a LZ9 V6 High Value of 240 horsepower with a volume of 3.9 liters under the hood. In 2007, the LX9 V6 engine replaced the same in terms of volume LZ4 V6, whose power was 217 hp. This is also the last year of the release of the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx truck version. The sixth generation of Chevrolet Malibu will begin in 2008. It will receive a new exterior design of a 4-door sedan, which will be based on the Epsilon platform with an extended base. There will be no special changes regarding the width of the cabin. The novelty will also receive a new interior design, telescopic steering column, high quality finishing materials. The basic engine for the 2008 Malibu will be the 4-cylinder LE5 I4 with a volume of 2.4 liters and a capacity of 169 hp.
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Optionally, a power unit LY7 V6 of 252 horsepower with a capacity of 3.6 liters will be offered. It is also planned to use a 4-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine in this model. As for the transmission, automatic transmissions of 6 and 4 speeds will be offered. No mechanical transmissions will be proposed for this model in 2008. Chevrolet Malibu will be offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. The LS and LT versions will be equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the LTZ version will receive a 6-speed “automatic”. The standard equipment of the car will include: Onstar satellite system; 6 airbags; traction control; tire pressure monitoring sensor; disc brakes on all wheels; anti-lock braking system (ABS); automatic light switch. In addition, all models will be equipped with a motion stabilization system (ESP).
The Chevrolet Malibu RS will be placed between the LS and LT and will include 18-inch wheels, black grille, darkened emblems, spoiler and dual exhaust; inside there will be leather upholstery, black clothes and infotenimiento with 8-inch screen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface, which is standard in all versions. Under the hood are available two turbo engines of the current generation, the 1.5-liter 160 hp and 184 lb-ft and the 2.0-liter 260 hp and 295 lb-ft. In versions equipped with the smallest engine, the novelty lies in a new CVT transmission that replaces the six-speed automatic in order to achieve better fuel efficiency. The 2.0-liter engine retains its nine-speed automatic transmission. For the exterior and interior there is a new range of colors. The design, like Cruze and Spark, receives its due update with a low front, less square features and a more aggressive appearance. Headlights, fascia, skulls and grille are new and depending on the version chosen, their appearance may vary slightly.
A New Exterior
The outside of this car looks as smooth as the drive feels (which is extremely smooth). The front end of this vehicle has been redesigned with a front fascia including a sophisticated grille and updated headlights. The rear got an overhaul too. You’ll find two-element tail lights, and LED tail lights are available as an upgrade.
A New Interior
The cabin of this sedan is as well-appointed as you’ve come to expect from Chevy in recent years. The car makes use of high quality materials like leather and premium cloth fabrics. The infotainment system is possibly the greatest aspect of this car’s interior. The new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system provides an excellent interface through the eight-inch color touchscreen, for which navigation is now available. You can stay connected thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Project your smartphone onto the large touchscreen to use some of your favorite apps while you’re on the go. Keyless entry and keyless start are standard, and wireless charging is available. You can even get USB ports for the backseat to keep all your passengers powered up.
New Safety Features
2019 Chevy Malibu – Safety
Chevrolet made a name for itself by putting customers first and providing unbeatable reliability and safety aspects to ensure that their vehicles are dependable. A rearview camera is now standard even on the 2019 Chevy Malibu L trim level. Chevy’s game-changing Teen Driver feature is completely standard on four of the five trim levels. You can also take advantage of a standard rear seat reminder.
Malibu’s Upgraded Performance
2019 Chevy Malibu – Performance
The 1.5L turbo engine comes with continuously variable transmission to create a smoother ride and better gas mileage than ever before. Best of all, this comes standard on the L, LS, RS, and LT models. The Premier model gets even more power thanks to a 2.0L turbo engine with a nine speed automatic transmission. If your main benchmark for performance is fuel saved, consider the Malibu Hybrid, which has earned a fuel rating of 46 mpg.
2019 Malibu’s Trim Levels
2019 Chevy Malibu – Trims
Chevrolet set out to make a Malibu for everyone, and the result is five great trim levels:
L Trim Level
LS Trim Level
RS Trim Level
LT Trim Level
Premier Trim Level
Each one of these configurations has something special to offer. Even the base model includes features you’d have to pay extra for if you look at midsize sedans from competing brands. The Malibu RS is an exciting new addition to the family that appears for the first time with this redesign. The 2019 RS Malibu is designed to breathe some extra sportiness into this already capable model. You’ll notice exciting features like dual exhaust, a spoiler, and 18 inch wheels with an attention-grabbing design. It sports an intimidating black grille and black Chevy bowtie emblems along with specialized RS badging and new color options. The interior incorporates leather into the design on both the shifter and steering wheel. The highest trim level, the 2019 Premier trim, includes a 250 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged Chevy ECOTEC engine. This feeds its significant power to a nine-speed automatic transmission for a smooth ride and great fuel economy. The eight-inch Driver Information Center showcases the brains in this car, which you and your copilot will both love. Standard heated outboard rear seats will keep the backseat passengers happy as well.