2016 Chevrolet Malibu New Generation Has Finally Arrived


General Motors corporation, as planned, finished a hasty campaign to totally upgrade not too popular Chevrolet Malibu sedan. The model is slightly increased in size, becoming the significantly more spacious. And also more economical – thanks to turbocharging and hybrid technologies. The new 2016 model year Chevrolet Malibu was firstly appeared at NY motor show this year. Sales of the new sedan in the United States will start in the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing is unknown yet, but tends to be not increased much comparing to current generation.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Is Sleek and Stylish


1. Sleek and Stylish
2. More Legroom and Neat Design
3. 2 Liters for Chevy Malibu 2016
4. Trim Levels and Options
5. Chevrolet Malibu brand history

Chevrolet Malibu is mid-size 4-door 5-seat sedan. Ninth generation of the Chevrolet Malibu has grown up in a length of 2,2 inches (58 mm), its wheelbase has increased by 3,5 in (90 mm) and it is allowed, according to the engineers, increase the legroom for rear passengers by 1,2 in (33 mm). Moreover, with the change of generations, the sedan become lighter by almost 110 lbs. The new mid-size Malibu looks sleeker than its predecessor, received more extensional body and a sloping roofline.

The body design is completely changed, the new Malibu will also receive a full LED headlights.

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2016 Malibu With More Legroom and Neat Design

Let us turn to the interior and immediately note that rear legroom of passengers has increased due to the extended wheelbase, 7-inch screen touchscreen is appeared in front on the top of central console, which in the top trim is replaced with a larger 8-inch. There are two USB ports and a 110-volt outlet for rear passengers in some versions, as well as wireless phone charging feature for the top trims.

The new Chevrolet Malibu first got ventilated seats, as well as a system of “Teen Driver”, designed to provide peace of mind for parents.

Mid-size sedan is also equipped with a wide range of auxiliary and safety systems:

  • 10 airbags;
  • rear-view camera;
  • pedestrians warning system in front;
  • stay in lane help system (lane departure assistant);
  • warning system for the exit lane;
  • adaptive cruise control with automatic braking;
  • preventive braking system;
  • automatic parking system and more.

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2 Liters For Chevrolet Malibu 2016 Sedan

The engine range of next model year Chevrolet Malibu will include a newly developed gasoline turbocharged I4 Ecotec 1.5-liter engine with 160 hp and 184 ft lb (250 Nm) of torque. The engine is equipped with start-stop system and provides the average consumption of about 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The tendency to install small capacity turbocharged engines remind VW hot hatches like Volkswagen polo gti 2015.

Another representative of the engine range is the 250-horsepower 2.0-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 258 ft lb (350 Nm) of torque. The fuel consumption is 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. This motor is aggregated with 8-speed automatic transmission, as opposed to the 1.5-liter, equipped with a six-speed automatic.

In the Chevrolet Malibu 2016 model line will be also presented the hybrid version, which includes a 1.8-liter petrol 4 cylinder engine with direct injection and two electric motors, developing a total power of 182 hp. In this case, a modified system from 2016 Chevrolet Volt is used, which also includes 80-cell lithium-ion battery with capacity of 1.5 kWh. Malibu Hybrid can only use electric motor at speeds up to 54 mph, and then the gasoline engine turn on to provide additional power.

The equipment list of the hybrid Malibu also includes a brake energy recovery system and special heating system using the exhaust gases, which is used to heat the passenger compartment and engine. The manufacturer claims that the average fuel consumption of the car with the hybrid powertrain is up to 45 mpg, which is better than those of competing models like Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry and other mid-size sedans with hybrid powertrain.

Malibu 2016 Trim Levels and Options

The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be available in 4 trim levels: LS, LT, Premier and Hybrid. 7-inch display comes as a standard for all trims, except Premier with 8-inch comes as a standard. Teen Driver feature is supported only in 8-inch Chevrolet MyLink system. Wireless charging available in LT and Hybrid. 10 airbags comes as a standard feature for all trim levels, as well as rear view camera.

Chevrolet Malibu brand history

Malibu brand has a very rich brand history since 1964 as a variant of Chevelle model. It was called Chevelle Malibu until 1978 with the introduction of 4th generation. Malibu brand had lost its popularity in mid 80s and the production of model was discontinued. The second appear of Chevrolet Malibu occurred in 1997. The current generation is 8th, sharing platform with Buick Regal and Opel Insignia.

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