2012 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews

Posted by A'eddo Suseno Rabu, 25 April 2012 0 komentar
2012 Chevrolet Malibu Reviews - Chevrolet has revamped its bread-and-butter Malibu mid-size sedan for the latest model year, giving it a fresh look inside and out while also offering an efficient new Malibu Eco mild hybrid model. Though slightly shorter than its predecessor, the new Malibu hardly gives up any space inside and gains more responsive handling thanks in part to its smaller size.

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

What’s under the hood?
A noteworthy change comes from Chevrolet now that we have confirmed the Bow Tie brand will drop the low-volume V6 currently offered in the Malibu in favor of a Hyundai Sonata -inspired four-cylinder-only lineup.

The new entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes sporting a dual overhead cam setup with direct injection. This engine is good for a healthy 197 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The V6 replacing-motor is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 259 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both mills will come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The EPA has yet to test either of these new four-pots, and Chevy is remaining mum and not even offering estimated fuel economy at this time. Despite the obvious moves towards efficiency, Chevy promises that the all-new Malibu will deliver “precise ride and handling,” which it says has been engineered to be best-in-class – even going as far as to suggest that it will match more expensive sports sedans.

What’s inside?
One of the strong points of GM’s newest sedan is a compelling interior, complete with a blend of metallic, chrome and wood surfaces throughout the cabin. The stylization accents range from bits on the shifter, center stack, instrument cluster, steering wheel and the doors. The car’s party piece arrives in the form of a trick fold-out screen, a first of this type in a GM product, and first in any U.S. midsize car.

That same folding seven-inch screen will come with Chevy’s new infotainment system, MyLink, which allows for Pandora streaming radio and Stitcher SmartRadio, as well as Bluetooth and other technologies.

Interior lighting is anything but scarce, and Ice Blue is the order of the day – ranging from gauge cluster displays to accent lighting that stretches throughout and across the cabin.

Safety counts in family sedans
GM knows that safety is paramount in any vehicle, particularly one that will likely be used to haul families around town and across country, and as such, the Malibu comes packed with an array of technology aimed at keeping its occupants safe. Both the driver and front passenger, in the event of an accident, will find themselves cocooned in dual-stage air bags, pelvic/thorax side-impact airbags and even knee airbags.

There are also roof air bags that offer rollover protection, and Chevy will offer available second-row pelvic/thorax side-impact airbags, a lane departure warning system with forward collision alert and an available rearview camera system. Of course, OnStar with Automatic Crash Response is also included, and now boasts improved voice recognition technology, as well as a myriad of improvements aimed at ease of use rather than safety concerns.

Size matters
Among the extensive list of changes is a 4.5-inch shorter wheelbase, as well as a 62-inch track width that is just over 2 inches wider than the outgoing model. The end result is a more sporting platform that aims to deliver on Chevy’s promise for a sporty driving dynamic.

Key Competitors
Among the many competitors to the Malibu include its cross-town rivals, the Ford Fusion and Chrysler 200, as well as the thoughtfully designed Honda Accord. ReadmoreView Photo Gallery
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