2016 Chevrolet Malibu Debuts in New York
Today, Chevrolet revealed the 2016 Malibu, which has been significantly upgraded from its current model-year iteration. Not only does it look quite a bit leaner (and longer) than the 2015 model, but its considerable weight loss—totaling about 300 pounds—also helps to make it more efficient.
“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer.
The 2016 Malibu will be offered in four trims—L, LS, LT, and the new Premier level—and, for the first time ever, a Hybrid model. The Malibu Hybrid will use technology that also features in the new Volt to return an estimated combined fuel economy rating of 45 mpg.
The non-Hybrid models will come standard with an Ecotec 1.5-liter turbo engine that GM estimates will produce 160 horsepower and return 37 highway mpg. The 1.5-liter engine will also leverage stop/start technology and active grille shutters to improve efficiency.
The 2016 Malibu will also be available with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that is expected to produce 250 horsepower while returning 22 city mpg and 32 highway mpg. The 2.0T will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.5-liter turbo will be mated to a six-speed automatic.
The longer wheelbase will make for more interior room, and the use of high-strength steels in the body structure makes for improved handling and structural rigidity. The L trim will come well-equipped for its class, and the LS, LT, and Premier trims will come with the typical array of advanced technologies and features—from Chevrolet MyLink and OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi to wireless charging and rear-view camera—as well as the all-new Teen Driver system.
Stay tuned for more about the 2016 Malibu as it develops!