Last August, General Motors introduced the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu XL in China with the addition of the turbocharged 1.5L LFV I4 engine as the standard powertrain on the mid-range LT trim levels. Now, the company has just launched the 2021 Malibu XL with the more powerful 2.0L Turbo engine to complete the new model year lineup of the midsize sedan in the Chinese market.
It’s worth noting that the 2.0L Turbo engine is exclusive to the Redline trim level of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu XL, serving as the top-of-the-line variant for the model in China. This configuration highlights the sporty character of the Malibu, as part of Chevrolet‘s specific business strategy in the Asian country to improve its image and attract younger buyers.
Unlike the model in North America – where it is offered with the 2.0L LTG I4 engine, the range-topping variants of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu XL on the Chinese market are equipped with the 2.0L LSY I4 engine, which is more modern and refined. This turbocharged engine delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Aesthetically, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu XL Redline remains unchanged from the previous model year. Its most prominent attributes are its darkened grille finish, glossy black window frames and wheels, small contrasting red accents around the body, and specific 18-inch wheels that give it an aggressive appearance.
Meanwhile, the interior of the 2021 Malibu XL Redline features some equipment upgrades with the adoption of the brand’s latest solutions and technologies. These include Chevrolet’s latest infotainment system with support for multiple local services, the OnStar telematics system with standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a digital instrument panel with updated graphics.
The 2021 Chevrolet Malibu XL Redline with the 2.0L Turbo engine is now available in China, expanding the brand’s flagship sedan range in the Asian country. In total, the Malibu XL’s Redline trim level features three variants configured to serve a wider range of customer needs in the Chinese market. The suggested prices of these three editions are as follows:
- 2021 Malibu XL Redline “Sharp Edition”: 194,900 CNY (about $29,790 USD at the current exchange rate)
- 2021 Malibu XL Redline “Ruilian Edition”: 204,900 CNY ($31,320 USD)
- 2021 Malibu XL Redline “Ruizhi Edition”: 219,900 CNY ($36,610 USD)