It isn't too early to be excited for next year – well, not for Chevrolet. Even if it’s just halfway through 2018, Chevy releases a bunch of photos to watch out for in its 2019 lineup and we got some excitement going on after seeing them.
Just a recap, the Philippine automotive market witnessed a first sight of the 2016 model of the Malibu at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show. Days later, here we are, looking at the sleeker 2019 Malibu, all geared up for next year. And, we're not just up for an updated Malibu, Chevy's bringing the 2019 versions of the Spark, Cruze, and Cruze Hatch. Let's get them introduced, shall we?
When the refreshed Spark was launched in the Philippines at the 2017 MIAS, we thought, "wow, it looks way better than the outgoing one." Well, since the 2019 version isn't far from that of the current model, we might not able to say it again. However, this doesn't mean we disapprove or dislike the car, it's a decent update to begin with.
The thing that separates both the 2017 and 2019 models is the chrome grille accent that goes all the way to a portion of the headlamps. This changed the shape of the headlights, but not to a point where one could instantly tell. In addition, the LED daytime running lamps have been lowered, resembling the brand's modern lineup. This design approach is said to take cues from the updated Chevrolet lineup.
The 2019 Spark is powered by a 1.4L DOHC engine, offered with either a manual or continuously variable transmission. The model is offered in LS, LT, 2LT, and Activ trims, which all features 10 standard airbags and rear-vision camera system.
While the local market hasn't been lucky enough to get its hands on the 2016 Cruze or the 2017 Cruze Hatchback, the global market is about to celebrate for a newer one. Chevrolet has built the 2019 Cruze on a fresher exterior and infuses it with updated features. Included on the changes are the wider front grille, position of the 'bowtie' emblem, and the side air intakes.
While there is a cue of subtleness in terms of exterior design changes, the 2019 Cruze and 2019 Cruze Hatchback celebrate a line of updated features. The car now has the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 on a standard 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen. Other updates include new wheel design, new Umber interior colors, 4G LTE connectivity, and Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2019 Cruze is offered with either a 1.4-liter turbo or a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine. We really do hope to see the Cruze Hatchback as it accounted 20% of the total Cruze sales globally.
This is also the first time Chevrolet is offering the Malibu in RS trim. Yes, the 2019 Malibu is now as Sporty as it has never been. The headlamps are integrated with the upper grille, while the lower grille is made wider. The car features 18-inch machined wheels, black sport grille, black 'bowtie' emblems, rear spoiler, and dual-outlet exhaust.
The interior, on the other hand, boasts leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, black cloth seats, and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. Other updates include new interior and exterior colors, wheel designs in multiple sizes, and variant-exclusive technologies like the standard heated outboard seats for the Malibu Premier.
The 2019 Malibu is offered with a new CVT transmission mated to the 1.5-liter turbo engine. Meanwhile, the Premier trim still has the 2.0-liter turbo mill with 9-speed automatic transmission.
What can you say about Chevrolet lineup's new look? Considering that the 2016 model Malibu just arrived here, it may take some time before these set wheels on the Philippine shores. We may or may not see these any time soon and it’s all up to Chevrolet Philippines’ game plan – although it would totally rock if we do see them soon.