The Malibu is back. Has it improved this time? The voracious mid-size sedans’ users at the United States hope for it. We can see a big difference if we compare it to the previous model. We think that is a pretty good sign. The previous generation’s Malibu have nothing special and almost fade with no one who notice it.
Nothing extremely fancy has occurred with the new model. In fact, it maintains its position in the less-than-30.000 segment. It depends on its features to celebrate it or feel shame for it, again.
Let’s see some of the main highlights of the brand-new 2016 Malibu.
Specs and Trims
The revamped Malibu which Chevrolet is expecting to launch the upcoming year comes in five different trims. Each of these variants features very distinctive specs and comfort elements. The 2016 Malibu will have one of the following badges on it: L, LS, 1LT, 2LT and Premier badges.
In terms of drivetrain, the L, LS and 1 LT will pack a turbo 1.5 L inline-4 engine, capable of producing 163 hp at 5700 RPM and 184 lb-ft of torque at 2500 RPM. Along this motor, we find a very reliable 6-speed automatic transmission with Overdrive.
For bulkier budgets, the 2LT and Premier trims will feature a turbo 2.0 L inline-4, which generates up to 250 hp and 5300 RPM and a maximum torque of exactly 260 lb-ft at 2000 RPM. They also have an 8-speed transmission to work with.
According to several experts of the specialized media, the turbo 2.0 L engine do not make a huge difference in comparison with the smaller power plant available. The electric steering is quite good and feels comfortable and appropriate.
As a great change for the 2016 Malibu, we found a highly efficient, true gas-electric system with capabilities of electric-only proper functioning on the road. In this matter, it shares many innovative and useful elements from the Chevy Volt.
Revamped and Improved Form
In terms of design is where the 2016 Malibu really changed and, actually, excels. The longer form in comparison with the past generation is a reversal in the right direction.
Despite being notably bigger in dimensions, Chevrolet is already bragging about the 300 lb loss of weight. Plenty of changes were made to achieve this, as the enhanced aluminum hood.
The attractive, geometric look of the 2016 Malibu has the trademark found in models like the Cruze and the Camaro. The LT (both 1 and 2) and the Premier trims feature LED headlights while only the last one enjoys LED taillights as well.
The interior represents one of the biggest areas modified for good. It features a decent balance between comfort and practicality. High-quality materials are used on many cockpit’s elements. The dual-pane glass achieves a quiet and silent interior, even more, improved thanks to the upgraded suspension.
Users will get cloth upholstery in the L and LS trims. In the meanwhile, the 1LT is getting a mixture between cloth and leatherette. Finally, the last two, more expensive variants enjoy of leather wrappings.
General Motors did an extra effort in terms of safety and technologies related to it. The Teen Driver system is a cutting-edge tool for driving monitoring. It keeps track of every driving data that could be useful to determine the kind of treatment received by the vehicle. This clever tech onboard of the 2016 Malibu also enhance the linked safety features, like the stability control one.
Plenty of safety integrations are offered by optional packages. In these, features like low-speed collision-mitigating braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane keep assist are added.
The Bottom Line
Chevrolet should not have major problems with profiting this new model. The 2016 Malibu is a decent, well-built mid-size sedan for all. Most of the terrible flaws from past generation were fixed. We hope.
The 2016 Malibu at its most basic trim, the L, starts at US$22.500.