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2006 Chevrolet Malibu news, pictures, specifications, and information


The 2006 Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS add excitement to the Malibu lineup, bringing a level of value-driven performance unique within the mid-car §egmènt. The Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS are powered by a new, sophisticated 3.9L V-6 that uses variable valve timing and variable intake technology to help produce 240 horsepower (179 kw).* Únique interior and exterior appointments, along wîth sport-tuned suspensions and §egmènt-largest 18-inch flangeless wheels, complete the SS packages.

All '06 Malibu and Malibu Maxx models feature a new front-end appearance, wîth a sleek, dual-port grille design. LS, LT and LTZ models feature horizontal grilles wîth chrome trim surrounds, while Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS models feature grilles wîth a crosshatch pattern and platinum-look surrounds. Also, all '06 Malibu and Malibu Maxx models receive body-color side moldings for a more integrated and upscale appearance.

Malibu and Malibu Maxx deliver the performance and versatility of the best midsize sedans wîth the dependability and value that customers expect from Chevrolet. The two body styles are adaptable to different individuals and lifestyles, wîth flexible interiors and a full range of driver personalization features.

From the B-pillar forward, the Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx are identical. The five-door Malibu Maxx rides on a wheelbase that is 6 inches (15.2 cm) longer than the Malibu sedan, while its overall length is a half-inch (1.3 cm) shorter. The result is a spacious interior for a car its size that offers clever and convenient cargo capabilities.

For 2006, Malibu and Malibu Maxx offerings begin wîth the well-equipped LS model and include LT and new LTZ models – the base Malibu model has been eliminated. Then, of course, there are the SS models; performance versions wîth a unique style and driving experience.

Here's a look at all that's new wîth the 2006 Malibu and Malibu Maxx models:

Malibu LS / Malibu Maxx LS:

Standard Ecotec 2.2L four-cylinder engine wîth 144 horsepower (107 kw)* wîth Malibu LS sedan
Standard 3.5L V-6 engine wîth 201 horsepower (150 kw)* wîth Malibu Maxx LS
Body-color side moldings
Fifteen-inch wheels on sedan models; 16-inch wheels on Malibu Maxx
Instrument panel wîth chrome trim around gauges, radio and climate control knobs, and shifter 'PRNDL' plate
Gunmetal- and walnut burl wood-appearance trim plates
Titanium and Cashmere trim colors
Cloth seats wîth new face art
New four-spoke §teering wheel
Cruise control wîth cancel feature
Rear door child locks
Malibu LT / Malibu Maxx LT (in addition to or substituting LS equipment):

Standard Ecotec 2.2L four-cylinder engine wîth 144 horsepower (107 kw)* wîth Malibu LT sedan
Standard 3.5L V-6 engine wîth 201 horsepower (150 kw)* wîth Malibu Maxx; available wîth Malibu LT sedan
Body-color outside mirrors
Body-color side molding wîth chrome insert
Body-color rocker panels
Sixteen-inch five-spoke wheels, painted sterling silver
Úplevel cloth seats wîth new face art
New Ebony interior, along wîth Titanium and Cashmere
Available Luxury & Convenience Package, includes: bright chrome wheels, front fog lamps, leather-trimmed §teering wheel and shifter knob, electrochromic inside mirror wîth compass, §teering wheel radio controls, rear reading lamps, six-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats and lighted passenger vanity mirror
Malibu LTZ / Malibu Maxx LTZ (in addition to or substituting LS and LT equipment):

Standard 3.5L V-6 engine wîth 201 horsepower (150 kw)*
Front fog lamps
Chrome exhaust tip
Automatic climate control
Heated outside mirrors
Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
Heated front seats
Roof rail and thorax side-impact air bags
Seventeen-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
ÚltraLux and leather-appointed seating
Rear spoiler
Leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob
Steering wheel radio controls
Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
Auto-dimming inside mirror wîth compass
Rear reading lamps
Rear seat audio (Maxx only)
Available Ebony/Titanium, Ebony/Cashmere or all-Ebony interior colors
Úniversal home remote
All '06 Malibu and Malibu Maxx models feature standard power-assisted driver's seat height adjuster, tilt/telescoping §teering column, CD-equipped audio system, power windows, door locks and mirrors. Power-assisted adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are standard on LTZ and available on LT. Manual lumbar support is standard on LT and LTZ models.

Malibu and Malibu Maxx also offer a factory-installed remote vehicle starter system, allowing the driver to get a head start on the car's interior heating and cooling from a range of up to 200 feet (61 m). It is standard on LT, LTZ and SS models, and equipped for dealer activation on LS models.

Three new exterior colors are available in '06, including Sandstone Metallic, Silverstone Metallic and, available on uplevel models, Laser Blue Metallic. The new colors replace Galaxy Silver Metallic and Light Driftwood Metallic.

When it comes to safety, Malibu and Malibu Maxx deliver:

Dual-stage frontal air bags for the driver and front passenger
Three-point safety belts for all occupants
Head curtain front, rear and side-impact air bag wîth front seat-mounted thorax side-impact air bag is standard on LTZ and SS models, and available on all other models
Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes wîth traction control on vehicles equipped wîth a V-6 engine; the system is optional on four-cylinder models
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat attachment system in all rear seating positions
Outstanding safety performance, wîth 19 out of 20 stars in government crash test – including 5/5 stars in frontal crash tests and 4/5 stars in side crash tests
OnStar-equipped Malibu and Malibu Maxx models feature OnStar dual-mode (analog-digital) equipment. OnStar's digital equipment also includes enhanced hands-free voice recognition capabilities including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition accuracy. OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the Únited States and Canada . Úsing the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Hands-Free Calling that allows drivers to make and receive voice-activated phone calls using an externally mounted antenna for greater reception.

The OnStar service standard on the 2006 Malibu and Malibu Maxx includes the General Motors Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) system, making crash data available to the participating 911 centers to help them dispatch the appropriate live-saving personnel and equipment to crash scenes faster.

Versatile interiors

In the sedan body style, Malibu measures out at 101 cubic feet (2,871 L) of space for passengers. With its 60/40-split/folding rear seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat, a variety of items will fit fully inside Malibu , including long items such as ladders and snow skis.

The even more spacious Malibu Maxx features rear seats that slide nearly 7 inches (17.8 cm) fore and aft, and are split 60/40. The rear seat backs also recline, allowing different sized rear passengers to tailor their seating position in a similar way a front-seat passenger can. The Malibu Maxx has a generous 106 cubic feet (3,002 L) of passenger space and a luxurious 41 inches (104 cm) of legroom wîth the seats pushed all the way back – legroom comparable to a full-size domestic luxury sedan. (concept carz)

The Malibu Maxx also features a standard fixed rear glass skylight that provides an open atmosphere over the rear seats. Both driver- and passenger-side rear occupants have the option of opening or closing a standard split/retractable shade to control the amount of light coming through the skylight.

The Malibu Maxx's rear cargo area features a standard power outlet and a multi-functional cargo panel wîth four positions for two-tier loading. The cargo panel also can be positioned as a table for picnics or tailgate parties. Hooks on the cargo panel help secure smaller items, such as grocery bags, and cargo nets on each side of the cargo area.

Comfort for rear-seat passengers for all Malibu models is enhanced wîth a heating / air conditioning system designed for their needs. In addition to airflow to the feet, two vents on the center of the dash – dubbed 'turbo blasters' by the engineers – are designed to pour generous amounts of heated or cooled air directly into the back seat area.

Three levels of audio system offerings are available on the Malibu, including an uplevel radio wîth an in-dash, six-CD changer, six speakers (including two tweeters on the A-pillar), automatic volume and tone controls, and XM Satellite Radio compatibility (continental Ú.S. only). Malibu Maxx adds the option of a rear-seat audio system or a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system, both complete wîth wireless headphones.

Chassis and powertrain

The powertrain choices for Malibu and Maxx LS, LT and LTZ start wîth the 144-horsepower (107 kw),* 2.2L, dual-overhead-cam Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which is standard in LS and LT sedan models. Standard in Maxx models and LTZ sedan, and available in LT sedan, is the 3.5L, overhead-valve V-6, wîth 201 horsepower (150 kw).* These engines are mated to the smooth-shifting Hydra-Matic 4T45-E four-speed electronic automatic transmission. (posted on Combined wîth the broad torque curve of Malibu 's four- and six-cylinder engines, the result is strong performance and outstanding fuel economy – Malibu LS sedan is EPA rated at 24 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg in highway driving.

An independent front suspension wîth MacPherson struts and a four-link independent rear suspension underpin Malibu . All Malibu models are equipped wîth power brakes and power §teering wîth variable assist for low- and high-speed §teering maneuvers. Malibu and Maxx LS, LT and LTZ models feature electric power §teering. SS models feature hydraulic power §teering.

In addition to the vibration-reducing properties of the Epsilon architecture, Malibu has a host of noise-elimination features, including a cast foam-rubber barrier covering the dash panel; a modular noise-dampening plate and laminated steel in the dash panel; a fiberglass-composite hood insulator; and front and rear 'glove-fit' carpet floor modules.

Engineers made extensive use of high-strength steel in strategic areas of the body and developed energy-absorbing front and rear crush zones to obtain impressive structural performance for safety.

SS details

Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS build on the strengths of the solid Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx extended sedan platforms, and include the following enhancements:

New 3.9L V-6 wîth variable valve timing rated at 240 horsepower (179 kw)* and 240 lb.-ft. (325 Nm) of torque
Hydra-Matic 4T65-E four-speed transmission wîth manual shift mode and adaptive shift control
SS-specific front and rear fascias, wîth blacked-out crosshatch grille pattern, platinum-look grille surrounds, projector beam fog lamps, rear spoiler and dual chrome-tipped 3.5-inch exhaust outlets
Monochromatic exterior moldings and trim
Segment-largest 18-inch flangeless wheels
Sport-tuned suspension
SS-specific ebony interior wîth gunmetal trim accents
New sport seats wîth larger bolsters, new three-spoke leather-wrapped sport §teering wheel and leather-covered shifter knob
The SS models' new 3.9L V-6 is the first production variant of GM Powertrain's all-new 60-degree V-6 OHV engine family, which is designed to deliver smoothness and quality while balancing strong performance and economy. The large displacement of the 3.9L V-6 – achieved wîth 99-mm offset bores and an 84-mm stroke – combines wîth torque-enhancing technologies such as a variable air intake to produce a broad, flat torque curve that translates into exceptional all-around performance and terrific off-the-line launch feel. With variable air intake, air entering the engine is continuously tuned through a valve in the intake manifold to deliver optimized low-, mid-range and high-rpm torque. In fact, 90 percent of peak torque is available from 1800 to 5800 rpm.

Variable valve timing is used to bolster performance, enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions. An electronically controlled cam phaser provides for infinitely variable adjustment of camshaft timing in relation to the crankshaft. By electronically controlling the camshaft, the optimum location can be selected for various engine operating conditions, maximizing torque and horsepower outputs. The 3.9L V-6 is the first production cam-in-block engine to incorporate cam phasing.

Power from the 3.9L V-6 is channeled to the front wheels through the Hydra-Matic 4T65-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on It is designed for high torque loads and consistent performance and durability. It also features a manual shift mode and an aggressive 3.69 final drive ratio that enhances the performance driving characteristics of the Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS. Adaptive shift control is used to optimize shift quality during varying driving conditions.

Firmer, more responsive suspension systems elevate the driver's feeling of control and feedback. New springs in the front and rear are stiffer and work wîth specially valved struts and shocks to increase damping and response. The diameter of the front and rear stabilizer bars has been increased, as well, to help reduce body lean while cornering. Also, a variable-ratio, hydraulically assisted rack-and-pinion §teering system provides precise §teering feel to create an 'on rails' driving experience.

Transferring all the suspension enhancements to the tarmac is a set of 18-inch flangeless aluminum wheels and two available tire choices: an all-season 225/50R18 tire and a 'summer only' performance 225/50R18 tire. A larger four-wheel disc brake system wîth standard ABS is included, featuring 11.65-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and solid 10.63-inch (270 mm) rear discs. A performance-calibrated traction control system also is standard.

As wîth every vehicle wearing the SS badge, the Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS wear sporty interior and exterior cues that include specific front and rear fascias, monochromatic body side moldings and exterior trim, rear spoilers – unique between the Malibu and Malibu Maxx – and 18-inch flangeless wheels and dual chrome exhaust outlets.

The new front fascias incorporate the large and low grille opening, wîth a black crosshatch grille pattern wîth gold center Chevy Bowtie emblem, projector beam fog lamps, and a prominent 'chin' spoiler. The grille surround comes in a platinum finish rather than the chrome surround of other Malibu models. The rear fascias provide a tauter overall look to the vehicles, accenting their performance stance, as well as incorporating cut-outs for the dual chrome-tipped 3.5-inch exhaust outlets.

Four exterior colors are offered: White, Black, Laser Blue Metallic and Silverstone Metallic.

Inside, the vehicles feature SS-specific treatment that emphasizes the performance and upscale touches that are woven into all SS models – a heritage of sportiness and comfort that dates back to the first production SS model, the 1961 Impala Super Sport. The Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx's features include:

All-ebony design theme, including the rear shelf of the Malibu and cargo area of the Malibu Maxx
New sport front seats wîth enhanced, leather-covered bolsters, contrasting stitching and sport cloth inserts
Three-spoke leather-wrapped sport §teering wheel wîth prominent SS badge
Leather-covered shift knob wîth contrasting stitching
The Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS receive a unique instrument cluster wîth sport graphics, chrome-ringed gauges and red pointers, and the SS logo. The instrument panel also has a redesigned 'PRNDM' display, wîth the 'M' designating the vehicles' manual shift mode.

Source - GM Media
Named for Malibu, California, the Malibu name has had a distinct history that began in 1963 and continued for nearly 20 years. Following a thirteen-year break, the Chevy Malibu name once again appeared in 1996, and again in 2003 as the latest generation was presented.

The name Malibu was originally utilized as the description for Chevrolet's top series models in the Chevelle line in 1964. This line continued all the way up to the 1983 model year. A mid-sized vehicle, the Malibu is produced in the United States by General Motors. Attempting to stay smaller than the full-size Impala model, the Malibu is marketed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Israel.

1964 was the original production year of the Chevelle Malibu. Production continued until 1972 and the Malibu was restyled for the 73 model year. The lineup included the base Chevelle Deluxe, mid-range Malibu and the top-line Laguna. The Deluxe was dropped in 1974 and the Malibu took the place as the entry-level Chevelle. The Malibu classic also replaced the Laguna trim package. Continuing until 197, the SS was introduced and replaced the Laguna S-3 model.

Except the Monte Carlo coupe, the Malibu name replaced the Chevelle name on all mid-sized Chevrolets for the 1978 model year. As this was the down-sized version in comparison to previous mid-sized Chevrolets, only two trim levels were available, Malibu and Malibu Classic. A total of three body-styles were introduced, the station wagon, coupe and sedan. In 1981, the two-door coupe, which was mnemonic of the 1964 Chevelle hardtop was last produced. Today this coupe has been a highly sought after collector item for drag racers.

Filling the void for mid-sized police vehicles, once the Chevrolet Nova ended production, the 9C1 police option was transferred to the 4-door Malibu line. A special order of Malibu sedans was also produced in 1981 by GM Canada, though this was eventually rejected due to quality concerns. These Malibu's were considered undesirable with the combination of the smallest V6 engine and a 3-speed manual transmission and the 'Iraqui Taxi's' were auctioned off to the public at an extremely reduced rate.

The final year that a Malibu Classic was marketed, the 82 Malibu shared GM's re-designated rear-wheel drive G platform with the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Oldsmobile Cutlass. Before being replaced by the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Celebrity, 4-door sedan Malibu's were produced until 1983. The El Camino continued to be produced in 1987 though the sedan and wagon were soon phased out.

For 1997, the Malibu was named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year. In the same year and an all new front-wheel drive Malibu built on an extended wheelbase version of the GM N platform was introduced. The Malibu shared the N platform the with Pontiac Grand Am, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Alero and Achieva and was produced at the Oklahoma City Assembly plant and the Wilmington Assembly plant. Production was eventually moved to Lansing, Michigan.

Before the Oldsmobile Alero, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was a clone of the Malibu as a stopgap vehicle and replaced the Chevy Corsica. Falling between the Cavalier and the Lumina in the Chevrolet lineup, the Malibu has taken the place of the now discontinued Corsica. A high level of standard equipment is found in the Malibu, and due to the competitive nature of midsize sedan market, the price is highly aggressive.

An all-new, front-wheel-drive midsize sedan was introduced in 1997 for the model year.
Emphasized body edges are showcased in the present series, which is a mid-sized, 5-seat sedan that is constructed on the Epsilon chassis designed in Germany also used in the Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3.

Malibu's were designed with a front grille with the Malibu logo in silver in the center from 97 to 99. The blue Chevrolet emblem on the front grille was placed on the 2000 to 2003 models. In 2000, the 3.1 L V6 was updated with 170 hp while the 4-cylinder was dropped. The 4-cylinder was reintroduced in 2004, while the N-body Malibu/Chevrolet Classic continued in production until 05.

In 2008, the Malibu is scheduled to be redesigned and built on the long-wheelbase Epsilon platform before being released to the public.

By Jessica Donaldson

Chevrolet Marks 50Th Anniversary Of First Malibu

DETROIT – In 1964, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents and a movie ticket cost $1.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 874 and The Beatles made their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. It was also the year Chevrolet introduced the Malibu.

What a difference half a century makes.

The 2014 Malibu is a technologically advanced midsize sedan delivering efficiency, comfort and connectivity unimagined in 1964. Compared wîth the 2013 model, a new, standard 2.5L engine wîth stop/start technology contributes to 14 percent greater fuel economy in the city (25 mpg) and 6 percent improved mileage on the highway (36 mpg).

Stylish for its day, Malibu made its mid-1960s debut as Chevrolet's first 'intermediate' car – and one of the first midsize cars in America. Before then, Chevrolet's passenger car lineup consisted of a range of full-size models, headlined by Impala, along wîth the compact Chevy II (Nova), Corvair and Corvette.

Named for the Los Angeles-area enclave that was center of the beach culture in the 1960s, the Malibu was the top trim line for the intermediate platform, which also included the Chevelle as an entry-level model, and the El Camino truck. It was lauded for its robust, body-on-frame construction and responsive coil-spring front suspension.

The 2014 Malibu is the eighth generation of the nameplate and its standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine delivers 65 percent more horsepower than the original Malibu's standard 3.2L six-cylinder. The technological progress extends to safety, comfort and connectivity features. What has not changed is Malibu's mission as a midsize car wîth styling that stands the test of time.

Generation 1 – 1964-1967

Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet's muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

Generation 2 – 1968-1972

Based on the original intermediate platform, the 1968-72 models' dimensions shifted wîth a slightly shorter 112-inch wheelbase for coupes and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch wheelbase for sedans and wagons. Like the 1964-67 models, each model year in the second generation had distinctive year-over-year styling differences.

Generation 3 – 1973-1977

The 1973 introduction of the third-generation Malibu brought a new frame that retained the previous 112-/116-inch wheelbases, but to accommodate new federal crash standards, the bodies grew about five inches in length and one inch in width. A European-inspired Laguna model briefly dethroned the Malibu from its perch atop the midsize hierarchy.

Generation 4 – 1978-1983

Chevrolet discontinued the Chevelle line after 1977 and the next generation of downsized midsize cars would stick strictly wîth the Malibu name from 1978 onward. They were a foot shorter and more than 500 pounds lighter, offering V-6 and V-8 engines. There was even a dedicated police car package.

Generation 5 – 1997-2003

After a five-year run wîth the fourth generation, the sun set on Malibu from 1984 until 1997, when it was reborn as an all-new, front-wheel-drive sedan, offering four- and six-cylinder engines. It was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1997.

Generation 6 – 2004-2007

Malibu moved to GM's award-winning global architecture for 2004, offering greater technology, efficiency and performance – including the return of the Malibu SS, which featured a 240-horsepower 3.9L V-6. The Malibu range also included the Malibu Maxx five-door extended sedan, which offered greater cargo room and innovations such as the ability of the rear seat to slide seven inches fore and after and reclining rear seat.

Generation 7 – 2008-2012

Riding on an enhanced, longer version of the architecture introduced on the 2004 Malibu, the seventh-generation models introduced greater levels of refinement, performance and efficiency – along wîth enhanced safety features, including standard head curtain side air bags. It was voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Generation 8 – 2013-2014

Redesigned for 2013, Chevrolet further enhanced Malibu for 2014 wîth greater efficiency, new connectivity features, comfort enhancements and a new front-end appearance. It offers the §egmènt's first engine wîth standard stop/start technology and an available 2.0L turbo engine wîth 259 horsepower that continues a performance legacy established 50 years ago.

Source - Chevrolet
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