Chevrolet has just launched the 2019 Malibu here in the United Arab Emirates, with its aggressively restyled front and rear, including a new fascia, grilles and headlamps, as well as a reworked rear design with dual-element tail lamps, the 2019 Malibu cuts a striking image on the road.
But it's not just good looks that the new model year brings, under the hood lies a new 1.5L I-4 turbocharged engine, which delivers a healthy 163 horsepower and 250Nm of torque at 2,500 to 5,000 RPM. The powertrain not only delivers exciting performance, but also exceptional fuel economy with the turbo. On a single tank of about 62 liters, the Malibu can deliver an astonishing driving range of up to 1,000km!
It’s all in the aero: The 2019 model looks the part - however, the design isn’t merely an exercise in aesthetics; the 2019 Malibu carves a path of least resistance through the air. Furthermore, Chevrolet has introduced the electronically-actuated aero shutters, which close when engine cooling is not required, (like the BMWs) reducing drag and cutting fuel consumption even further. The aerodynamically-efficient design of the Malibu also delivers other tertiary benefits including wind-noise reduction, which contributes to greater refinement in the cabin for a more serene ride.
If you are looking for more power, the LT and Premier trim will offer more performance, without compromising on the fuel efficiency. The 1.5L turbo charged engine makes 163 horsepower while returning a respectable 16.3Km/L. For context, the 2018 Malibu with a bigger 2.5L engine did the benchmark 0-100Km/h run in 9.1 seconds; the 1.5L 2019 Malibu, despite a smaller unit, delivers an almost identical acceleration time of 9.3 seconds.
The bigger 2.0L unit, which is also turbo charged, meanwhile delivers 250 horsepower and boasts a fuel economy of 14.2Km/L. Acceleration is suitably exciting and the 2.0L Malibu hits 100Km/h from standstill in just over six seconds!
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