When the seventh generation Chevrolet Malibu debuted on the market Amerilkom middle of last year, the once acclaimed sedan has received a lot of criticism. While the audience is expecting an heir of legendary 2008-2012 models, which was one of the first great new car after bankruptcy of General Motors, the U.S. giant has decided that 2013 model is only enhanced. This move has not proved to be very popular, and special criticism came at the expense of not-so-efficient engines, a small space in the rear seats, and most of all – cheap interior. Although, in 2012, sold over 210,000 copies in the domestic market, Malibu, Chevrolet does not want to lag behind the venerable competitors like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, and set to work for in 2014 launches another refreshed Malibu. Improved series started from the interior, including the new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu now offers more space in the rear seats, which are also more comfortable, and there are several new locations to hold glasses, mobile phone and loose change.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu features
Materials are significantly higher quality, and easy visibility. Attention is then given to the mechanics and 2014 Chevrolet Malibu now offers a standard 2.5L I4 engine that develops 196 hp and 259 Nm of torque. With a combined fuel consumption of under nine liters per 100 kilometers, Malibu continues to lag behind the leaders, such as the Nissan Altima and Mazda 6, but is on par with the aforementioned rivals from Toyota, Honda, Ford and Hyundaia. The offer was again made and the 2.0L turbo engine, which is the only option at the American market, and its output is 259 hp and 353 Nm of torque. In addition to these engines, European buyers can get the Malibu and the Opel 2.0L diesel, developing 160 hp and 350 Nm of torque while the poorly selling hybrid dropped from use. Both petrol engines are with six-speed automatic transmission that transfers power to the front wheels.
Other mechanical changes related to a modified suspension, larger brakes and a long list of safety measures. From the design changes are minimal, and the largest changes were also noted in the front, which follows the new school of design companies. While the new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu certainly can not compete with the Ford Fusion in terms of design, it is still enough to make a difference. In the first six months of this year sales of the Malibu fell 12% in the USA, and it is assumed that the number would be even higher if General Motors does not sell many copies of the so-called “fleet sales” at high discounts. The decision to be made in 2013 model hurried to market to surpass competitors from Ford, however, has not worked well, but the error could be corrected in the following year.
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