Chevrolet has previewed the Malibu and Cruze hatchback Blue Line Concepts ahead of their debut at the SEMA Show Las Vegas. Blending equal parts style, performance and function, they demonstrate the lifestyle and personalization possibilities of the Bowtie brand’s latest vehicles.
Both of the Concept vehicles feature Genesis White exteriors accented with blue-tinted windows and 18-inch wheels painted slate blue metallic.The production and concept accessories were developed in Chevrolet’s design studio alongside the vehicles.
The Chevrolet Malibu Blue Line concept combines design accents with performance parts, for a more athletic stance and sporty look. The Genesis White exterior offers a transitional look, appearing bright white in some light and light gray in other conditions. In addition to the slate blue metallic 18-inch #concept wheels, Chevrolet Accessories include: Ground effects kit with a rear diffuser, Black grille insert, Black Chevrolet bow tie emblems, Rear spoiler, Suspension lowering kit, Floor liners with premium metal badging, Illuminated doorsills and Sport pedal kit. The new suspension lowering kit includes springs that lower the ride height 10 mm for a sportier stance and more responsive handling. It is designed for models equipped with the available 2.0L turbocharged engine, which is rated 250 horsepower and matched with a new, available nine-speed automatic transmission.
The concept also features a Performance brake kit (painted Harbor Gray Metallic) and additional custom touches that include tinted headlight and taillight lenses and polished exhaust tips.
For the Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line, based on the 2017 Cruze hatchback, the exterior and equipment options also feature a Genesis White exterior, blue-tinted windows, 18-inch slate blue metallic wheels, and a host of Chevrolet Accessories such as; Chrome grille insert, Suspension lowering kit, Performance brake package, Performance air intake system and Performance exhaust system.
Chevrolet’s new performance brake kit is offered for Cruze sedan and hatchback models originally equipped with available 16-inch or larger wheels. It features larger 300 mm front Duralife vented and slotted rotors and new calipers versus the stock 276 mm rotors. On the other hand, the suspension kit includes springs to reduce ride height by 10 mm and a larger-diameter front stabilizer bar that contributes to more responsive handling.
The concept’s black interior features custom satin graphite accents on the instrument panel, shift knob, door inserts, sport pedal kit, illuminated doorsills and an interior trim kit.
Under the hood, the Cruze hatchback’s standard 1.4L Turbo engine, rated at 153 horsepower, is accessorized with Performance’s air intake kit and performance exhaust system.