We present you the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan.
The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sedan is (2.3”) longer, sleeker, sportier and more elegant than ever. Its new look was inspired by the latest Impala.
The front is equipped with the new horizontally oriented, low-mounted headlamps, camo-covered bars spanning the width of the vehicle, the split front grille that’s wider below the bowtie emblem, the new taillights, front apron and the beltline creases.
Major enhancements can be noticed at the back part as well. The rear window stretches almost to the trailing edge of the trunk, the new taillight clusters are introduced, the trunk lid is pointy and the bumper looks sportier.
It retains GM’s global Epsilon II platform.
For starters, by adding 3.6” in the wheelbase, Chevrolet added extra 1.3” of legroom for rear-seat passengers. The new center console has a lot less knobs and buttons, since various commands can now be accessed through the 7” color touchscreen. An 8” screen comes with higher equipped models and as an option on less expensive ones. The dashboard keeps the wrap-around design, whereas the three-spoke steering wheel is equipped with a new button layout. A dedicated storage slot for mobile phones is added to the center console.
New perforated leather seats come as standard on the Premier model and as optional for the LT and Hybrid trims.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu also received a wide range of high tech and safety features, the most significant of which is the Teen Driver feature – a built-in system that allows parents to view how their teenager child drove the car, by tracking car data.
Engine and performance
The new Malibu’s previous 2.5-liter engine which delivered 197 hp and 191 pound-feet of torque is replaced with a new entry-level engine: a turbocharged 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder producing 160 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. The new engine is less powerful, however it is more fuel efficient (27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway). The engine is paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission. New Chevy Malibu with this engine accelerates 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while top speed is about 130 mph.
When it comes to the higher trims, they use the 2.0-liter turbo-4 (still less power, with slightly better fuel economy) mated to an 8-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed. It delivers 250 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu regained a hybrid drivetrain after a 5 year period. It combines a pair of modified electric motors borrowed from the Chevrolet Volt, a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, gasoline engine and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The entire system sits at 182 hp and the estimated fuel economy is 47 mpg. Such a good result in fuel consumption reflected on agility, so that the Malibu Hybrid accelerates 0-60 mph in 10 seconds, while top speed is about 125 mph.
Price and release date
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will most probably make its debut near the end of this year. Pricing is not yet available, but the base trim is expected to cost at least $23,000,for basic equipment package and gasoline engine. Price for the redesigned 2016 Malibu Hybrid Drive will be around 28,500 US dollars.
If the release happens to slide into 2016, a 2017 version could be attached as well.