Chevrolet has updated the popular Malibu XL mid-size sedan in China by introducing a new powertrain.
Sold alongside the 1.3-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged units, which are mated to a CVT and a 9-speed automatic transmission respectively, the new mill has 1.5 liters in displacement, direct-injection and turbocharging, and comes paired to a 9-speed Hydra-Matic automatic gearbox.
The 1,490 cc lump produces 166 HP (168 PS / 124 kW) at 5,600 rpm and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque between 1,700 and 4,400 rpm, which are good for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration of 9.1 seconds and a 127 mph (205 km/h) top speed. The automaker claims that it returns 37.3 mpg US (6.3 l/100 km) on average, and 49 mpg (4.8 l/100 km) while cruising the highway at a constant speed of 56 mph (90 km/h).
“The new engine and powertrain combination offers the perfect balance of performance and fuel economy”, said the General Director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, Scott Lawson. “Like the rest of the Malibu XL lineup, the new variants feature an athletic design, dynamic handling and amazing features, all at an attractive price.”
Speaking of price, the new Malibu XL 1.5L is offered in three versions in the People’s Republic, dubbed the Ruixing Edition, Sharp Version and Ruilian Edition. Pricing starts at 164,900, 174,900 and 184,900 RMB respectively, which equals to $23,915, $25,366 and $26,817 at current exchange rates.
Besides the new powertrain, the 2021 Malibu XL also features Chevy’s upgraded MyLink+ infotainment system, with new connectivity functions. Standard features include the OnStar telematics system, Bosch’s new electronic safety system, tire pressure monitoring and others.