2017 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition
Remember the Redline Series concept from 2015? This is the production modelby Ciprian Florea, on
Chevrolet launched the ninth-generation Malibu in 2015, discontinuing the previous model after only five years on the market. Redesigned from the ground up and bolted onto a new platform (E2XX), the new Malibu also gained three new drivetrains, including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter hybrid. In 2017, Chevrolet launched the Redline Edition, a limited-edition model based on the Malibu LT trim, at the Chicago Auto Show.
The first special-edition to provide some customization for the new Malibu, the Redline Edition isn’t actually new. The package was first showcased at the 2015 SEMA Show, where it was displayed as the Red Line Series concept. At last year’s edition of the same show, Chevy rolled out a similar concept, this time around called the Malibu Blue Line and fitted with blue accents instead of red.
The production Redline Edition follows in the footsteps of the Red Line Series concept, featuring similar enhancements on the outside. Although not all elements seen on the concept were retained for production, the blacked-out details and the red accents are still there.
“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition
What makes the Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition special
Despite the Redline name, the special-edition Malibu doesn’t get that many red features. Outside the red hash marks on the wheels and the red outline of the "Malibu" badges, all the extra features are actually black. Specifically, the sedan is fitted with black wheels, black "Malibu" badges, a blacked-out front grille, and black Chevrolet "bowtie" logos.
These add-ons are actually very similar to those seen on the Malibu Red Line Series concept shown at the 2015 SEMA Show, minus the Charcoal roof panel with graphite and red accents and the red inserts just below the front bumper foglamps. All told, Chevy actually toned down the SEMA concept for production, which is a bit disappointing given that the Red Line Series didn’t have any wild features to begin with.
Despite the Redline name, the special-edition Malibu doesn't get that many red features. Outside the red hash marks on the wheels and the red outline of the "Malibu" badges, all the extra features are actually black.
Still, the Malibu Redline has a nice vibe to it, with the blacked-out features giving a dash of elegance.
There’s no word as to what changes inside the cabin with the Redline package, but it’s safe to assume that almost everything remains standard. If anything, the bundle probably includes custom floor mats, illuminated side sills, and maybe a sport pedal kit, as seen on the Red Line Series and Blue Line concepts.
Chevy actually toned down the SEMA concept for production, which is a bit disappointing given that the Red Line Series didn't have any wild features to begin with.
Because the Redline package is only available with the LT trim, you’ll be restricted to the Ecotec 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder. The unit cranks out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. The Malibu also has a 2.0-liter turbo-four that’s good for 250 horses and 258 pound-feet, but that engine is restricted to the range-topping Premier trim. Too bad Chevy isn’t offering the Redline bundle on all Malibu models.