General Motors has just launched the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu in South Korea, adding styling and convenience feature updates to the midsize sedan in order to sustain local consumer interest. As such, the sixth model year of the ninth-generation Malibu hits the South Korean market with a sporty new trim level, a new distinctive paint color and updated connectivity.
Specifically, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu receives the Redline Edition as the new range-topping trim level in South Korea. The new version of the Malibu, which is very popular in China and similar to the Sport Edition package recently introduced in North America, emphasizes sportiness with black and deep red accenting. It seeks to inject some flash in the stagnant midsize sedan segment in the Asian country.
“Chevrolet‘s iconic Malibu nameplate has been upgraded with more sophisticated style and convenience,” said Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service at GM Korea, Cesar Toledo, in an official press release. “The New 2021 Malibu will provide a different and convenient experience, thanks to the addition of the Redline Edition, a new exclusive color and our latest multimedia system with enhanced connectivity.”
The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition expands the model’s offering in the South Korean market to a total of four trim levels and seven distinctive finishes. Additionally, the Malibu introduces a new exterior color called Midnight Blue as well as the latest generation of the Chevrolet Infotainment System, which now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Mechanically, the Malibu remains unchanged, with two turbocharged engines offering best-in-class performance and efficiency. The base engine in all four trim levels is the 1.3L E-Turbo I3 that develops 154 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Meanwhile, GM’s turbo 2.0 LTG I4 engine with 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is offered in LT, Premier and Redline trims, paired with a six-speed automatic.
The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is now available at South Korean dealerships, and is manufactured locally at the GM Bupyeong plant. It stands out as the only model in its class that offers 10 airbags and multiple active safety systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist, pedestrian detection and Forward Collision Alert. The suggested prices are as follows:
- 2021 Malibu LS: 23,640,000 KRW (about $20,750 USD at the current exchange rate)
- 2021 Malibu LT: 25,580,000 KRW ($22,450 USD)
- 2021 Malibu Premier: 28,950,000 KRW ($25,410 USD)
- 2021 Malibu Redline Edition: 29,900,000 KRW ($26,245 USD)
- 2021 Malibu LT 2.0T: 32,220,000 KRW ($28,280 USD)
- 2021 Malibu Premier 2.0T: 32,980,000 KRW ($28,950 USD)
- 2021 Malibu Redline Edition 2.0T: 33,380,000 KRW ($29,300 USD)