With the advent of the crossover, D-segment sedans are having a tough time with the market demanding more ground clearance. Still, that doesn't faze Chevrolet from launching the all-new Malibu in the Philippines. Boasting a more dynamic look inside and out, the ninth-generation Malibu is Chevrolet Philippine's contender for the D-segment sedan class. While the previous-generation model had a relatively short shelf life, this generation seems poised to stay in showrooms for a longer time.
The 2018 Malibu only comes in one variant, the LTZ. It presents a revolutionary model change over its predecessor with a lower, longer and sleeker body. It adapts a liftback-like outline, which draws inspiration from its full-sized sibling, the Impala and retains signature design cues as well. There's Chevrolet's split grille look but the rest of the front-end treatment is still unique to the segment. Meanwhile, the rear draws inspiration from Europe with the slope of the rear windshield extending to the car's trunklid. Despite the bigger size, the new Malibu is 136 kg lighter than the current model thanks to the use of lightweight high strength steel.
Inside, the Malibu boasts a wide, wraparound dashboard design. Soft curves and angles are present throughout the cabin with the dashboard fascia presenting a sweeping, rounded design. As with most D-segment sedans, a large touchscreen takes center stage on the dash and it comes with Chevrolet's Mylink System. Chevrolet also claims that they are first in its class with the addition of wireless charging for smartphones. For those who want to add the feeling of more space inside, the Malibu comes standard with a panoramic sunroof. Lastly, audiophiles are in for a treat with a nine-channel Bose audio system.
Powering the 2018 Malibu is a new turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoTec engine, replacing the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter from the previous model. Despite the smaller size, it makes significantly more power than the old engine. The Malibu now makes 250 PS and 353 Nm of torque with all that power coursed the General Motors' nine-speed automatic transmission. Plus, the car comes with a host of standard safety equipment such as Stability Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Detection, Forward Automatic Braking, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and eight airbags.
Chevrolet Philippines says the 2018 Malibu LTZ will start at Php 2,131,888.