Chevrolet is set to unveil an all-new Malibu at next month’s 2015 New York Auto Show, and in the lead up to the car’s arrival the bowtie brand has been dropping a number of details about the upcoming mid-sizer. Today, Chevy revealed that its new Malibu, which goes on sale later this year, as a 2016 model, will come with a new nanny system called "Teen Driver" that parents can use to keep an eye on their kids in those days when the young ones are still getting used to being behind the wheel.
Similar to the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] MyKey feature launched several years ago, General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] Teen Driver feature is more about promoting safe driving habits rather than taking away control. For example, rather than limiting a vehicle’s speed, the system can be used to give audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling over preset speeds. The system can also mute the audio of the radio or any device paired with the vehicle those in the front aren’t wearing their seat belts.
Probably of more concern to new drivers is the Teen Driver feature’s report card function. It saves data so that a parent can later check how their child drove the vehicle. Some of the metrics include maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.
The Teen Driver feature will be standard on the 2016 Malibu’s Premier trim and optional on LT models if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. To use Teen Driver, a parent needs to enable the feature by creating a PIN via the MyLink system, which then allows them to register their teen’s key fob.
The new Malibu will be a completely new design, with the car’s platform benefiting from numerous lightweight elements. In fact, Chevy has already confirmed that the new Malibu will be around 300 pounds lighter than the model it’s set to replace. At the same time, the new Malibu will also be larger than the model it replaces, and according to Chevy it will also be the most dependable model in the nameplate’s history.
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