2018 Chevy Malibu Is The Elegant Mid-size Sedan

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The Chevrolet Malibu is currently sitting fourth in the battle for mid-size sedans, ahead of it are the Toyota Camry (1st), Honda Accord (2nd) and the Nissan Altima (yes, you’ve guessed it … 3rd).

In the first 9 months of 2016, demand for the Malibu rose by nearly 16%, it definitely is on the way up, and this could help us get a better vehicle for 2018 – Chevy will want to capitalize on that increase, the only way they can do so is to offer an even better car, with even more equipment – this could be good for the consumer.

2018 Chevy Malibu Release date

The industry says that the 2018 Chevy Malibu will be released to the dealerships in time for Autumn 2017, definitely no sooner than that.

2018 Chevy Malibu release date: late 2017

2018 Chevy Malibu Price

We think that Chevy will increase the prices slightly for the Malibu, and depending on what options or trim level you pick, you could be adding a further 50% to the price for the flag ship; the base model will start in the region of $23,000 while the top line model will be more in the region of $35,000.

2018 Chevy Malibu Redesign and Сhanges

We don’t think that the 2018 Malibu will be much different from the facelift 2017 version, more likely that Chevrolet will be launching an all-new model around 2020.

The design of the new Malibu will take in styling cues from the smaller Cruze and larger Impala; you definitely see the family genes running through the model line-up.

2018 Chevy Malibu Video

2018 Chevy Malibu Specs

Not much will change under the hood either, there will still be the same options for powertrain; smaller 1.5 liter turbo charged 4-cylinder motor with 160 BHP and 184 lb/ft of torque, coupled to a 6-speed auto transmission driving the front wheels, a 2.0 liter turbo with 250 BHP and 258 lb/ft of torque, using a 9-speed auto transmission and the 1.8 liter hybrid that’s coupled to 2 smaller electric motors, giving the equivalent of 182 BHP.

2018 Chevy Malibu Equipment

Depending on the specification, trim level or options boxes ticked, the Malibu has an impressive list of equipment: keyless entry, push button start, rear view camera, GM’s OnStar assistance system, 7” touchscreen infotainment (upgradeable to 8”), ‘Teen Driver’ (allowing parents to monitor the driving of youngsters using the car), heated and cooled front seats, wireless phone charging, Wi-Fi, low speed autonomous braking (upgrade to include high speed), blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, auto lighting, adaptive cruise control and semi-automatic parking.

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  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.7
  • Features4.5
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Summary

New Malibu is a good choice for the mid-size sedan - good equipment, fuel efficiency (especially hybrid version), and beautiful design.

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