Last week Chevrolet unveiled the latest version of it's full size Malibu sedan. The 2014 takes on the popular Ford Taurus and the Toyota Avalon, both of which were redesigned for 2014. This great Chevrolet is now more spacious and refined with more efficient execution. It's arrival at dealerships is expected for this fall.
The 2013 Malibu had been revised from it's predecessor, but Chevrolet has taken things even further for 2014. It's grill, taking a cue from the new Impala is more prominent and better integrated with the rest of the Chevy line.
The rear seat is now more spacious, and the front seatbacks were dug out about an inch so as to clear the knees of the rear passengers. The centre console now has a longer arm for comfort and Chevrolet has added a new storage compartment to hold up to two cell phones.
Under the hood you will find a new four cylinder 2.5 litre double overhead cam with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing. The powertrain produces more power while consuming less oil. It is also more environmentally friendly since it emits less CO2. For the first time, the Malibu will come standard with stop-start engine technology. This system is very popular in Europe. It cuts the engine when the car is stopped, for example, at a red light, reducing fuel consumption by as much as five percent. As soon as the brake pedal is released, the engine automatically restarts itself. An auxiliary battery powers the car's accessories (air conditioning, power windows, radio, etc) during the period that the engine is stopped.
This new engine produces 196 horsepower and 186 pounds of torque. Changes in the car's transmission ratios have also been revised to improve performance.
An optional 2 litre turbo engine with a torque improved by 14 percent is available. Now with 295 pounds of torque, it's the most powerful in it's class, claiming 259 horses. Various improvements to the chassis and steering have also been made to help improve the Malibu's handling.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca|car-news.ca