Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Chevrolet Cruze, Spark Get Minor Updates For 2019

Chevrolet Cruze, Spark Get Minor Updates For 2019

The interior features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats and an eight-inch touchscreen with Chevy's Infotainment 3 multimedia system.

Unlike the Cruze, there is something new in the Malibu's powertrain. There's a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) standard with the Malibu's standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This will be positioned in the middle of the pack, with Chevy stating the Malibu RS will start around $25,000. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. RS models also get unique 18-inch wheels, a black sport grille, black emblems, a rear spoiler and dual exhaust.

On the outside, the 2019 Malibu adopts a more traditional albeit much larger grille (the current Malibu has an odd three-split grille design). It also gets new exterior colors options, revised interior trim and an additional available active safety feature: Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. There's greater attention to detail in the grille and headlamps, with bold chrome accents reinforcing Malibu's premium appearance.

"The Malibu's fresh look refines and enhances the sculptural beauty of the Malibu", said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. The Hatch, which accounts for 20 per cent of Cruze sales, will add an LS trim level to the fold. The available LED daytime running lamps are moved lower, giving Spark a more powerful presence and a family resemblance to the rest of the Chevrolet auto lineup.

"Customers can easily personalize Spark, which is a main reason why it leads its segment in sales, attracting both young buyers and women to the brand", said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers.

The small Spark still dominates its segment, and the new front-end styling with cues inspired by the updated Malibu and Cruze should help it continue to sell well.

Alongside the updated Spark and the Cruze, Chevy showed off its refreshed 2019 Malibu midsize sedan recently in Las Vegas. Behind their new faces, the 2019 Spark, Cruze and Malibu, boast mechanical and technical upgrades, along with their new bumpers. It goes on sale later this year.

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