Last month we reported that Chevrolet dealerships have the new Malibu in their listings, with a price tag of P2,131,888. Back then, we weren't sure if The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), the official distributor of Chevy cars in the Philippines, was just testing the waters or the midsize sedan would indeed be made available here.
Well, the Chevrolet booth at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) 2018 confirmed that the new Malibu is indeed available here (and the price at the dealerships is correct). TCCCI made the official reveal by having the Malibu take center stage at its booth sans the fuss. Yup, no flash mob this time. In fact, the MIAS program schedule didn't even include the American marque's brief presentation.
The available Malibu variant in our market is the top of the line LTZ. It's powered by a 2.0-liter 250hp, 353Nm turbocharged DOHC engine mated to a six-speed AT with active select manual mode.
What are the other niceties that come with the more than P2 million package? It has a handful of driver-assist features, like semi-automatic parallel and perpendicular parking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, front collision alert, front pedestrian detection, forward automatic braking, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
It also has auto on/off headlights with tunnel detection and Intellibeam technology, which is quite similar to Mazda's adaptive LED headlamps (except the Malibu has HID projector headlights) that takes the task of adjusting high beams from the driver. The eight airbags, Bose nine-speaker sound system, panoramic sunroof, and Chevrolet MyLink 8-inch touchscreen system (with smartphone integration and GPS navigation system) lend a premium touch to the Malibu.
The company also gave the Sail LTZ, Trailblazer 4x2 LTX, and Colorado 4x2 LTX and 4x4 LTZ variants some updates this 2018. Because technology. And perhaps because of the competition in the subcompact, midsize SUV, and pickup truck segments.
The Sail LTZ variant has chrome trimmings on the grille, new 15-inch alloy rims, and a new paint job available called Agate Red. The changes in the Trailblazer 4x2 LTX are minor aesthetic ones like the hood decals, and the red stitching in its seats and leather steering wheel.
Like the Trailblazer, the Colorado 4x2 LTX now has red stitching accents in its leather seats and steering wheel, and new decals on the hood and sides. It sports new 18-inch polished gunmetal rims and 265/60 R18 Michelin tires. The roof rails and side running board are said to be new features for the 2018 version, too.
Along with these changes comes a price bump. It's now P1,418,888 (up from P1,365,888). The top of the line Colorado 4x4 LTZ variant, on the other hand, retained its price, but has these new features: traction control system, hill start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control, brake assist, ABS, EBD, and ESC.
Eyeing a Chevy? Head to MIAS to avail of the show-exclusive promo, which entitles clients to a free drone. In addition, the Big Summer Catch Promo is also happening, giving interested buyers of the Trailblazer 4x2 LT AT and 4x2 LTX AT, Trax LS AT, and Sail 1.3 LT MT and 1.5 LT AT all-in low down payment options.
See you there!