Think quick: what’s a feature on the 2013 Chevy Malibu that seems to have been overlooked by the press and the enthusiasts? To me, it’s the center display — the one between the speedometer and tachometer — which has ditched the monochrome scheme in favor of a full color gamut.
This isn’t the first GM model to have a color driver’s information display, since the 2010 (and newer) Buick LaCrosse already sports the beautiful (and much more useful) color screen. In fact, even Caddy’s bread-and-butter CTS range ain’t got the color info display. The Malibu, however, is the first Chevrolet (not counting the Volt’s all-digital color unit) to have the color screen.
Surprisingly, the LaCrosse’s smaller cousin and Malibu’s analogous brother — the Buick Regal — still sports the monochrome monitor. And seeing that Buick is a luxury brand (or at least it’s trying to become one), is it that far of a stretch to imagine that Regal receiving the color display sometime soon? You tell me in the comments!
PS: the Malibu we saw in New York was the top-of-the-line LTZ trim — so we’re not sure whether the color driver’s info display is reserved for higher-end models. We’ve put in a message to our contacts at GM and will update this very article once we hear back.
If you haven’t yet, check out our first impressions of the all-new Malibu’s interior from the New York International Auto Show: