Naza Quest Sdn Bhd has just launched its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, with an official starting price of RM153,888 (without insurance).
Just one variant appears to make the cut for a local debut, and that’s the LTZ 2.4 AT. Not too long ago, we properly detailed the car for you inside and out, going off a few photographs of the local-spec car we were able to secure, and it appears quite accurate to what’s been made official on the website.
However, just as we told you before, this isn’t the latest iteration of the Malibu. In the US, a facelifted model is available, and features a new front-end, and interior design. Regardless, the pre-facelift model here isn’t as far back as you might imagine.
Overall, the package Naza Quest, the official distributors of Chevrolet cars in Malaysia, offers is pretty competitive in the local D-segment. While having only one high-spec variant to compete with Japan’s best (Honda Accord, Nissan Teana,Mazda 6) leaves the Malibu at a bit of a handicap for entry prices, those willing to cough up the slightly extra may be treated to a handful of goodies.
Being able to fully reveal the car to you early, here’s what you can expect:
On the outside, the handsome D-segment sedan features front foglamps, acoustic-laminated windows for extra noise reduction, HID headlamps with auto levelling and washers, integrated turn signal indicators on the wing mirrors and a front grille with black inserts and chrome surrounds.
Inside, the premium appeal begins most notably with an ice-blue ambient lighting system. Beyond that, a seven-inch colour touch-screen featuring Chevy’s MyLink Radio system is at the ready – equipped with USB, Bluetooth, Aux, CD, and smartphone connectivity. But more on the tech bits later.
Leather seats are available for all, with the three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in the material as well. The rear seats are of a 60:40-split persuasion, while the driver and front passenger enjoy eight-way electronically-adjustable seats.
There’s another treat for the driver in the form of a monochromatic display within the instrument cluster and delivers trip/fuel information, and draws various vehicle settings as well.
FEATURES & EQUIPMENT:
As mentioned above, the Chevrolet Malibu is packaged fairly competitively for the segment it aims to contend. And leading that charge – apart from the handsome design and interior amenities – is the car’s feature & equipment offerings. Most notably being:
- Seven-inch colour touch-screen (flips up to reveal extra storage space)
- Chevrolent MyLink Radio
- Six-speaker sound system
- Interior ambient lighting (Ice Blue)
- Rear-view camera
- Remote keyless entry with Push Start button
- Remote engine start system
- Eight-way electronically-adjustable seats
- Cruise control
Motivating the 2014 Malibu is a 2.4-litre ECOTEC engine and a six-speed automatic transmission (with manual shifting mode). Performance figures equate to 165hp @ 5,800rpm, and 225Nm @4,600rpm, and just falls short of the Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L’s numbers (Accord has 8hp more).
The steering system is a Variable Effort Electric Power Steering system, which continually adjusts the weightiness of the steering according to how fast you go.
Only four airbags have been spec-ed for the Malibu LTZ, reserved for the front passengers (front, side) only. Elsewhere, Chevy’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control is included as standard, and integrates the four-wheel anti-locking brake system, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. At the front, there are ventilated brakes to better disperse heat and maintain stopping power as well.
There is also a tyre-pressure monitoring system, door locks with power-programmable with lockout protection and rear-door child safety locks, and a theft deterrent system.
Available for viewing at any of Chevrolet Malaysia’s showrooms nationwide, the 2014 Malibu is above all things, a handsome competitor within the D-segment, which the likes of the Honda Accord and the Nissan Teana dominate, with their unbelievably-low base model prices, generous safety systems, and innovative features and equipment.
Price-wise, the Malibu 2.4 LTZ is a hair over what’s asked for the mid-spec Accord (2.0 VTi-L) and Teana (2.0 XL), which is a certain appeal in favour of the Chevy’s bigger engine displacement (more power).
There’s also a five-year/ 200,000km warranty (whichever comes first) that applies to the Malibu.
*Stay tuned for our full event pictures, coming soon.