These production-ready prototypes are actually the brand’s way of introducing the new Chevrolet Performance accessories to the company’s midsize sedan and new compact hatchback.
The Camaro and Corvette are the usual mainstay models for the Chevrolet Performance division, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a buck to be made in the mainstream segment. At the forthcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, we’ll get to see the latest concept versions of the Malibu and Cruze hatch. Both will be packing aftermarket components that will become later available through dealers in the Chevrolet Accessories catalogue.
The Chevy Malibu Blue Line concept has the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine good for 250 hp and only the 18-inch wheels and upgraded brakes get the concept moniker, while all other parts being offered on sale. There’s a suspension kit to get the car down by 0.4 inch (10 millimeters), new sport pedals, illuminated doorsill plates, a trunklid spoiler, various black badges, a rear diffuser, and new side skirts.
The Cruze RS hatchback also has Blue Line components that will be on offer at dealers later on. The 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine gets a new intake and exhaust – available by the middle of 2017. Other modifications include beefier brakes, with enlarged, drilled, and slotted front rotors; a suspension lowering kit with a thicker front anti-roll bar, available now as well as a new chrome grille, various satin-graphite interior trim pieces, sport pedals, illuminated doorsills, and 18-inch wheels.