2007 Chevrolet Malibu news, pictures, and information
2007 MALIBU AND MALIBU MAXX: VALUE-DRIVEN, AND FUN TO DRIVEMalibu and Malibu Maxx deliver the performance, versatility and fuel economy of the best midsize sedans wîth the dependability and value that customers expect from Chevrolet. They adapt to different individuals and lifestyles, wîth flexible interiors and a full range of driver personalization features. A Malibu Maxx SS model, added for the 2006 model year, adds an additional level of excitement to a lineup that saw sales jump by 13 percent in 2005.
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 2007, the Malibu sedan begins wîth the well-equipped LS model and includes LT and LTZ models. Then, of course, there are the SS models; performance versions wîth a unique style and driving experience.
A 3.5L V-6 powerplant wîth variable valve timing replaces the previous 3.5L V-6 in the Malibu ; it is standard on Malibu and Malibu Maxx LTZ and Malibu Maxx LT, and available on the Malibu LT sedan. (concept carz) The 3.5L V-6 is part of a new family of sophisticated overhead valve, 60-degree V-6 engines that optimize fuel economy and lower emissions.
The Malibu SS and Malibu Maxx SS are powered by a 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.
Here's a look at the 2007 Malibu and Malibu Maxx:
Standard Ecotec 2.2L four-cylinder engine wîth 145 horsepower (109 kW) on Malibu LS sedan
Standard head-curtain side-impact air bags for front and outboard rear occupants
Standard dual-stage frontal air bags wîth GM Passenger Sensing System
Body-color side moldings
Instrument panel wîth chrome trim around gauges, radio and climate control knobs, and shifter 'PRNDL' plate
Titanium and Cashmere trim colors
Four-spoke §teering wheel
Cruise control wîth cancel feature
Malibu LT / Malibu Maxx LT (in addition to or substituting LS equipment):
Standard Ecotec 2.2L four-cylinder engine wîth 144 horsepower (107 kW) on Malibu LT sedan
Standard 3.5L V-6 engine wîth 217 horsepower (162 kW)* on Malibu Maxx LT, available on Malibu LT sedan
Standard head-curtain side-impact air bags for front and outboard rear occupants
Standard dual-stage frontal air bags wîth GM Passenger Sensing System
Body-color outside mirrors
Body-color side molding wîth chrome insert
Body-color rocker panels
16-inch five-spoke wheels, painted sterling silver
Úplevel cloth seats
Steering wheel radio controls
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, 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 variable valve timing producing 217 horsepower (162 kW)*
Standard head-curtain side-impact air bags for front and outboard rear occupants, and side-impact thorax air bags
Standard dual-stage frontal air bags wîth GM Passenger Sensing System
Front fog lamps
Chrome exhaust tip
Automatic climate control
Heated outside mirrors
Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
Heated front seats
Seventeen-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
ÚltraLux and leather-appointed seating
Leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob
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 '07 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 as part of the Driver Convenience Package. 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 and LT Maxx, LTZ and SS models, and equipped for dealer activation on LS models.
Three new exterior colors are available for '07, including Amber Bronze Metallic, Dark Gray Metallic and Golden Pewter Metallic. The new colors replace Medium Gray Metallic and Silver Green Metallic.
When it comes to safety, Malibu and Malibu Maxx deliver:
Dual-stage frontal air bags for the driver and front passenger wîth GM's Passenger Sensing System
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; head curtain front and rear side-impact air bags are standard on LS and LT wîth available thorax side-impact air bags
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, including 5/5 stars in federal frontal crash tests and 4/5 stars in federal 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 2007 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.
Additional navigation support is provided by OnStar's Directions & Connections Plan wîth Turn-by-Turn Navigation , new for 2007. The Turn-by-Turn service allows OnStar customers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers' vehicle through their OnStar system. Audio directions are then automatically played through the vehicle's stereo as they are needed, triggered by the OnStar system's GPS capabilities. This helps drivers to their destination while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
In the sedan body style, Malibu measures out at 101 cubic feet (2,871 L) of space for passengers and cargo, and a 60/40-split/folding rear seat helps accommodate larger items.
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 are located 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 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 and LT start wîth the 145-horsepower (108 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 V-6, wîth variable valve timing, new for Malibu for 2007.
This engine is part of a family of sophisticated overhead valve 60-degree engines that optimize fuel economy and promote lower emissions at every rpm level. The 60-degree angle between cylinder banks is naturally balanced for a V-6 engine, which requires no balance shafts to cancel out second-order harmonic vibrations. The cylinders are offset, meaning the centerline of the of the cylinders points to an intersection slightly lower than the centerline of the crankshaft. This was designed to make room for larger cam bearings, and make room for the large bores of the engine. The cylinder bores are the same diameter as those in the LS1 small-block V-8 engine.
The engines are mated to the smooth-shifting Hydra-Matic 4T45 four-speed electronic automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) 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 34 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.
Malibu SS, Malibu Maxx SS details
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 144 hp
Torque: 152 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 217 hp
Torque: 217 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.9 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 240 hp
Torque: 240 ft-lbs
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 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
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' 3.9L V-6 is the first production variant of GM Powertrain's sophisticated 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 electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) 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 interior 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 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
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