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All-New 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
comes at $19,995
Chevrolet today announced pricing for
its all-new 2008 Malibu midsize sedan lineup, with MSRPs
starting at $19,995 for the base LS and for the first time, a
hybrid for $22,790. The Malibu continues to drive home Chevy’s
commitment to dependable, fun-to-drive cars packed with value.
Malibu is built to be the best midsize car in
the market, having been benchmarked against the top names in the class
and loaded with standard features that many competitors don’t offer at
any price. The design team focused on the attributes that mattered most
to midsize car buyers such as families and commuters.
All Malibus are equipped with a long list of
standard features, including six air bags (dual-stage frontal,
seat-mounted side-impact thorax and head-curtain side air bags);
four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with all-speed traction control; OnStar
Gen 7 safety and security system with Turn-by-Turn Navigation; air
conditioning; and XM Satellite Radio.
Along with the LS and Hybrid, the Malibu lineup
includes the 1LT and 2LT trim levels and the top-of-the-line LTZ. MSRP
for the 1LT is $20,955; 2LT, $22,635 and the LTZ, $26,995. All include
the $650 destination charge.
Malibu, arriving in dealerships in November,
combines fuel efficiency, performance and a long list of standard
amenities wrapped in a design that carries the new face of Chevrolet. It
features a strong body structure, precise build quality and refined
driving dynamics. It is more than three inches longer than its
predecessor, with a six-inch-longer (112.3 in / 2,852 mm) wheelbase.
GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control
system is standard on LT, LTZ and Hybrid models. A number of equipment
packages also are available and include features such as
power-adjustable pedals, premium seating, uplevel interiors; power
equipment groups and a deluxe audio system.
Malibu performance comes from two powerful yet
fuel-efficient dual-overhead cam four- and six-cylinder engines,
including a standard 169-horsepower (126 kW) 2.4L Ecotec DOHC
four-cylinder engine that delivers 30 mpg highway, 22 city (’08 EPA);
and an available 252-horsepower (188 kW) 3.6L DOHC V-6 with variable
valve timing, rated at 26 mpg highway and 17 city.
The Malibu Hybrid, featuring the affordable GM
Hybrid System, also goes on sale in November. Powered by a hybrid
version of the 2.4L Ecotec, it is rated at 32 mpg highway and 24 city.
Four-cylinder-equipped models come with a
four-speed transmission with overdrive. A six-speed automatic
transmission is standard with the 3.6L V-6 and will be available next
spring on the four-cylinder-equipped LTZ – the first four-cylinder
engine/six-speed transmission combination in the segment.
(Sept 5, 2007)