The Chinese consumer has long been exposed to the Chevrolet Malibu, albeit in a bit of a different format. However, Chevrolet has introduced the North American Malibu as a range-topping sedan for the brand in the People’s Republic.
The Chevrolet Malibu XL has officially launched in China, carrying a price tag of 179,000 RMB to start, or about $27,500 USD. This ninth-generation of Chevrolet Malibu is expected to help bring a more affluent consumer to the Chevrolet brand in China, especially with its longer, E2XX platform.
“The Chevrolet Malibu XL represents the start of an exciting new era for Chevrolet in China, as the brand introduces 20 new and upgraded models within the next five years,” said SAIC-GM President Wang Yongqing.
The Malibu XL arrives with either a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or 2.5-liter four-cylinder however, unlike the North American 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission is mated to either engine.
Features are abound here, and the Malibu XL is the only vehicle in its class to feature OnStar 4G LTE with WiFi. Additionally, safety is a priority with Malibu XL, with a suite of active features available including Front Pedestrian Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking.
The Chevrolet Malibu XL will be joined by the 2016 Malibu’s hybrid technology later this year.