The all-new Chevy Malibu is now available with a new gearbox after General Motors (GM) recently revealed the new 9-speed automatic transmission.
The company said that the Hydra-Matic 9T50 will be fitted in the 2017 Malibu, replacing the previous 8-speed auto. It will only be available with the 2.0-liter EcoTec inline-four turbo that puts out 253 PS and 350 Nm of torque. In addition, GM will also offer it in the 2017 Cruze Diesel as well as the 2018 Equinox crossover.
By year-end, the automaker plans to equip the 9-speed automatic gearbox to at least 10 vehicles in the brand's lineup. Chevrolet also said that with the new gearbox, the Malibu's fuel economy will improve by 3-percent compared to the older 2016 model with a 6-speed automatic, resulting to 14 km/l on the highway. It is also lesser in size thanks to clever packaging added Chevrolet.
“In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 offers a strong overall balance of performance and refinement that customers will feel at all driving speeds. By the end of 2017 Chevrolet will offer four models with the new nine-speed,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of global propulsion systems.
In review, the new-generation Malibu made its global debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. It's relatively bigger in size and features a sleeker design theme. Aside from the 2.0-liter EcoTec turbo, a smaller turbocharged 1.5-liter mill is also available which puts out 160 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Beyond that, the new Malibu also gets a new MyLink system, restyled dashboard, 4G LTE wireless browsing, adaptive cruise control with brake function and wireless charging as such.