2016 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date, Price, Review, Specs – General Motors decision to overhaul the Malibu in just three years since it’s unleashing of the present generation is not surprising. With formidable rivals, such as the Honda Accord, Ford fusion and Toyota Camry snooping around, the 8th generation Malibu has been struggling to make sales for the past three years since it hit dealership stores.
The automobile giant hopes that the ills that have plagued the previous generation Malibu will cease with the unveiling of the new sporty 2016 Malibu that recently made an unprecedented debut at this year’s New York Auto Show.
The Malibu traces its roots to the Chevrolet Chevelle since the Malibu used to be the range topping trim level of the Chevelle in the 60’s and 70’s. The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will now come with a sharper style, spacious interior and a host of modern contemporary technological features.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu exterior
The following review will prove intuitive and informative to both would-be buyers and Chevy enthusiast. To start off with, General Motors Mark Reuss told us to expect ‘to be blown away styling wise’ by the all-new look model, which is exactly what the photos we have suggest.
The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will now be more sportier and sleeker than ever before than its immediate predecessor, moreover its length dimension are set to increase which will impact positively to the cabin space.
What makes the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu appealing is the perfect combination of inspiration borrowed from the larger Chevy Impala and new styling cues. The Impala cues are now more evident in the redesigned headlamps, taillights, apron, and the beltline creases.
The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will now be longer by 2.3” than the previous model, while the wheelbase will be stretched by up to 3.6”. Accountable for the new Malibu’s design is 25 year old designer known as Jaymer Starbody.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu interior
The interior of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will now be more updated than ever before. It now comes with a comfortable rear leg room, which was a source of passenger complaints in the previous model.
The updated cabin now looks modern and high tech than ever before. The brand new centre stack now features various commands and less buttons and knobs, and are now available on the 7” colour touchscreen which is standard on the lower trims.
On higher equipped models, you should expect an 8” screen as the standard equipment. At the centre console, you should also expect a dedicated storage slot for mobile phones. Higher trim versions will come with ventilated seats, which will be a first for the Malibu models.
In the Premiere model, buyers should expect new perforated leather seating surfaces as the standard feature, while in the LT and Hybrid version, it will be optional. The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu also received tons of safety features, with the most notable one being the Teen Driver feature which will be a first in the industry.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu engine
Under the hood of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be a new entry level engine, which will be a turbocharged 1.5L four cylinder engine that is rated at 160 hp and 184 pounds of torque.
The four cylinder banger will now replace the previously used 2.5L unit that generated 197 hp and 191 pounds of torque. Despite being less powerful, the new engine will now be more efficient than the previous engine.
The aforesaid engine will now return 27/37 mpg in the city/highway. The previous engine returned 25/36 mpg in the city/highway.
A 2L turbo engine that will be present in higher trims will be slightly better in terms of the fuel economy ratings. The output dropped by 9hp t0 250 hp and 250 pounds of torque down from 287.
As a result, the efficiency has increased to 22/32 mpg in the city/highway up from 21/30 mpg in the city/highway.
The amazing news is that the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will now come with a hybrid powertrain after a five year hiatus. It will combine a 1.8L four cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.5kW lithium ion battery pack. The resulting output will be 182 hp.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu price and release date
The release date of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be towards the fall of this year with an expected msrp of around 23,290 USD.
This is an amazing price considering the online pictures and images point to an elegant and sophisticated 2016 Chevrolet Malibu rendering.