Kuala Lumpur, 2nd September, 2014 – NAZA Quest, the official distributor of Chevrolet in Malaysia has officially launched the Chevrolet Malibu LTZ today.
The older Chevrolet fans may be able to remember and understand the significance of a Chevy Malibu, with the American manufacturer first utilising the Malibu name fifty years ago for the range-topping Chevelle, a car that sold more than 200,000 units in its first year.
Today, the Malibu comes to Malaysian shores with much hope of displacing some of its more illustrious rivals – Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Teana, Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima K5, Volkswagen Passat and Peugeot 508.
Rather ambitious, it would appear, until one takes a look at the whole package. Aesthetically, the Malibu looks more than adequate, with a rather showy, Camaro-inspired rear. Other than that, it features the distinct design language attributed to the Chevy brand.
Sitting at 4,865mm long, the Malibu’s length compares to that of an Accord (4,870mm) but features a rather short wheelbase at 2,737mm. The Chevy’s boot holds 462 litres, while the rear seats fold 60:40 for the more ambitious traveler.
Sitting under the hood is a 2.4 litre Ecotec engine with 165hp and 225 Nm of torque, available at 4,600 rpm. The DOHC four-cylinder unit with Intake Valve Lift Control is paired to a six-speed conventional torque converter automatic gearbox with manual mode. The century sprint is accomplished in 9.6 seconds before climbing on to a top speed of 206 km/h. Underpinned by the same platform as the Vauxhall Insignia, the Malibu sits on MacPherson struts at the front, with multi-links at the rear.
Step inside and one will notice a tidy yet efficient cockpit, with Chevrolet’s MyLink entertainment system particularly catching the eye. If there is one particular field the Malibu isn’t short of, it is the list of features. Expect Remote Engine Start with PEPS (Passive Entry Push Start button), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), High-pressure headlight washers, as well as self-levelling auto headlamps, welcome lights, tunnel detection and follow-me-homes.
The MyLink unit comes fit with a seven-inch touchscreen (flips up to reveal a storage area), while the car receives a six-speaker sound system, AUX-in, USB, Bluetooth, reverse camera and steering controls. Remote engine start means you can warm up the engine and cool down the cabin via the key fob.
Safety-wise, the Malibu comes with dual front and side airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, and a five-star NCAP safety ratings. Are you sold yet? No? Well it comes with a 5 year or 200,000km warranty package. The Malibu is available from as low as RM153,888(OTR excluding insurance and road tax), with only the 2.4 LTZ variant on offer in Malaysia, fresh from the Chevy plant in South Korea.