Some interesting news comes from Detroit as Chevrolet have previewed their new Blue Line concept vehicles, before their full reveal at SEMA on November 1 in Las Vegas. The Blue Line features two of Chevy’s vehicles, the first being the Chevy Malibu RS Blue Line and the second being the Chevy Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line. Chevy’s so called Blue Line concepts each feature a number of performance and cosmetic upgrades to set them apart from the normal RS variant of each vehicle.
While both vehicles are part of the Blue Line, they each have slightly different modifications made. Starting with the Malibu RS Blue Line concept, the main aesthetic differences on this car include the genesis white paint, 18 inch slate blue metallic alloy wheels, and a number of trim pieces which have seen some aesthetic change. Among this list is a new ground effects kit with a rear diffuser, black grill inserts, black Chevrolet bow tie emblems, rear spoiler, suspension lowering kit providing a 0.4-inch drop, floor liners with premium metal badging, illuminated doorsills, and a sport pedal kit. Powering the Malibu RS is Chevy’s 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder, good for 250 horsepower, paired to an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission. Oh, and some upgraded brakes.
The Cruze RS Blue Line concept also features a laundry list of upgrades. It features the same genesis white paint and slate blue 18-inch alloy wheels. The Cruze also receives blue tinted windows. Different from the Malibu, the Cruze hatch receives a chrome grill, the same 0.4-inch suspension lowering kit, performance brakes, a performance air intake and performance exhaust. The Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 153 horsepower.
As mentioned earlier, these cars will both be fully revealed at SEMA in Las Vegas on November 1st. Could the Blue Line be another addition to Chevy’s highly acclaimed performance lineup? Who knows, but by the looks of things, they are at least headed in the right direction.
While you wait for the full reveal, why not check out our review of the 2016 Chevy Malibu, to see how the non-sport platform drives: