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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Gets Start-Stop As Standard, Revised Interior, Updated Styling

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Chevrolet has released details of its latest 2014 Malibu, set to go on sale this fall.

Among the changes, the biggest news is that all Malibu models will get stop-start technology on the standard model--shutting down the engine when stopped to conserve fuel.

Fitted to a new 2.5-liter gasoline engine design with variable valve lift control and direct injection, stop-start helps contribute to estimated city economy of 23 mpg and a 35 mpg highway rating.

Chevy says that's a 5 percent and 3 percent improvement over the old model, respectively. To ensure functions like the stereo and climate control still work while the engine is switched off, an auxiliary battery powers these accessories. Take your foot off the brake, and the engine restarts.

The new engine also offers lower emissions and a little more power (now 196 horsepower), the variable lift valves reducing lift--and therefore power--when demand is low, and opening them further for more power when under load or at higher speeds.

The unit is different from the 2.4-liter unit used in the mild hybrid 2013 Malibu Eco.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is still available, with 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque.

Chassis updates on both models improve ride quality and reduce body roll, using techniques inspired by the 2014 Impala.

The most visible changes are a new look influenced by the sharp-suited new Impala, with a more prominent lower grille and narrower upper grille. Chrome accents give the Malibu a more distinctive look than before.

Redesigned seats improve comfort and interior space--there's just over an inch of extra rear kneeroom--and a redesigned center console now features a longer armrest, with a pair of cupholders and storage for two cellphones.

Safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also now available, as is a rear-view camera system. 10 airbags are standard.

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Comments (5)
  1. Glad to see it. Stop-Start should be standard on every car and truck (except BEVs).
     
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  2. It depends how this is implemented on whether it is a success or not. As a driver of a vehicle with start stop (CRZ) it is annoying for most stops that are < 1 second ,like stop signs and traffic jams. If they'd give the driver some control it would be much more pleasant. An option to delay by 3 seconds would be great.
     
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  3. This styling refresh falls markedly short of covering up the Malibu's underwhelming looks. I think the boat has already left the dock with this generation of Malibu - what is needed is an entirely different shape. The current trend, where the most eyepopping styles are, are with sedans with long, rakish rooflines (Optima, Fusion, Sonata, senior Jaguar, Tesla Model S, and the new Toyota Avalon). I'm afraid Chevrolet needs to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch.

    If they want to save time, take the Volt and use a similar front end, stretch the length out while keeping the sweep of the roof back to the spoiler. Family resemblance is a good strategy only when choosing the right family member to resemble.
     
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  4. Great. Everything it SHOULD'VE had from square one, yet changes that ONLY improve upon its shortcomings with NOTHING that will make it more class competitive against Camry, Accord, Altima or Fusion that's eating up the segment.

    Malibu's most compelling feature will continue to be the cash incentives buyers can pocket in the showroom as a gift from GM for buying one.
     
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  5. Put the Voltec powertrain in the Malibu and it might have a chance against Accord/Camry/Fusion...
     
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