GM refreshes Chevy Malibu, adds RS trim

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There's also a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever and black cloth seats inside.

Unlike the Cruze, there is something new in the Malibu's powertrain. A new CVT transmission is standard on models with the 1.5L turbocharged engine.

The first-ever Malibu RS offers a sporty, personalized appearance starting at around $25,000, driven by styling cues that include 18-inch machined wheels, black sport grille, black bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler and a dual-outlet exhaust.

In addition to the updated front fascia styling, the 2019 Cruze receives new interior color options, new infotainment system utilizing a standard 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen and expanded availability of remote start and automatic climate control, which are now standard on LT and Premier models. "Cruze has been so successful at attracting new buyers to Chevy because its lineup offers something for every customer, from body style to fuel choice to trim and design". Revised grille designs reinforce Cruze's premium appearance.

"Cruze's refreshed styling gives Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA", said John Cafaro, executive director of global Chevrolet design. The Hatch, which accounts for 20 per cent of Cruze sales, will add an LS trim level to the fold.

An 8-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet's latest infotainment software is standard across the Malibu lineup, and a new 8-inch driver information display is available on the top Premier model. The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu features a freshened exterior design, improved technology, and a new trim level.

"Cruze is a cornerstone of Chevrolet's vehicle strategy, bringing new customers to the brand", said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for cars and crossovers, in a release. The Rear Vision Camera system is standard on Malibu L model.

Available safety features on the 2019 Cruze are lane-change and rear cross-traffic alert, following distance indicators, lane-keeping and low-speed automatic braking.

Alongside the updated Spark and the Cruze, Chevy showed off its refreshed 2019 Malibu midsize sedan recently in Las Vegas. It goes on sale this fall. Chevrolet is the most awarded and fastest-growing brand the last four years overall.