The Chevrolet Classic is a mid-size car manufactured and marketed by the Chevrolet marque of General Motors Company from 2004 to 2005.
History of the Chevrolet Classic
After more than a decade had passed since the last third-generation model went off the assembly lines, General Motors took the Malibu out of its nameplate box and brought it back to life in 1996 with a new model. Although the Malibu nameplate has been retired since 1983, consumers have not forgotten it. After all, you're going to an exotic location, even if your ride isn't. It competed against other midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Taurus. The N-body Malibu was rebranded Chevrolet Classic when a new Malibu was launched for the 2004 model year using the Epsilon platform. It continued to be produced for the 2004 and 2005 model years, but only for rental car companies and fleet orders, with production concluding in April 2005. The 2.4L 4-cylinder was discontinued after the 2000 update of the 3.1L V6 with a revised power rating of 170 hp (127 kW). However, in 2004, when the 2.2 L Ecotec was made available on the Classic, the 4-cylinder was again launched.
In 2004, Chevrolet retailed the Chevrolet Classic with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $23,620, which is around $37,033 in 2022.
Features of the Chevrolet Classic
Chevrolet developed the Chevrolet Classic to be on the safe side by giving it a curvy silhouette. It had horizontal headlights with rounded corners that framed the four-slat chrome grille. Only the highest trim came equipped with fog lights as standard equipment. There were two different trim levels, although they both shared body-color door handles and mirrors. The vehicle's sloping rear window and high trunk gave it an aggressively dynamic appearance without coming across as hostile.
Leather bucket seats were installed as a bespoke extra. Chevrolet equipped the base model with an AM/FM radio and the LT with a cassette player.
The dashboard and instrument panel arrangement were user-friendly and straightforward, with large gauges for the speedometer and tachometer.
With the introduction of the Epsilon platform Malibu for the 2004 model year, the N-body Malibu was renamed Chevrolet Classic. It was released for the 2004 to 2005 model years.