Chevrolet Malibu XL is Ready for the Chinese Car Market
Published on February 17, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter
The new Chevrolet Malibu XL will be launched on the Chinese car market on February 27, and the first examples have arrived at Chevrolet dealers throughout China. The Malibu XL is the Chinese variant of the U.S. 2016 Malibu, it is called XL to differentiate it from the last-generation Malibu, which will continue to be sold on the Chinese market, alongside the new Malibu XL.
The current China-made Chevrolet Malibu. Price starts at 164.900 yuan and ends at 236.900 yuan. Engines: 154hp 2.0, 184hp 1.6 turbo, and a 186hp 2.4 for buyers who really dig a big engine.
Chinese buyers thus can choose between two Malibuus. This is very common in China, where it is believed that a car that still sells should never be retired. There are, for example, three generations Mazda 6 available, two generations Toyota Camry, two generations Volkswagen Passat, and many more.
Both ‘Buus are made in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.
The Chinese Malibu is not stretched or extended, it has the same wheelbase as the U.S. version.
The Malibu XL will get power from a 1.5 turbo with 160hp and 250nm, a 2.0 turbo with 250hp and 350nm, and there will also be a hybrid based around a 1.8. The 1.5 turbo will be mated to a six-speed automatic, the 2.0 turbo to an eight-speed. Price for the Malibu XL will start around 190.000 yuan.
The interior is the same as on the U.S. version. Some leather, loads of black plastic, and some shiny.
The 1.5 turbo.
Some Audi influences here and there, but probably the best Chevy ass in a long time.
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