Current eighth generation of Chevrolet’s most important mid-size sedan arrived as a 2013 year model. It instantly received a facelift and is being carried over since. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu model will most likely be copied one more final time as after that, Chevy plans to reveal the ninth generation.
This means that Malibu will be offered in three standard Chevy’s trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. For now it has three variations of LT and two grades in LTZ level, but these choices might change until 2016. What will remain the same, however are the powertrain options. As a base we are getting 2.5L I-4 engine with 196 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque and it will be carried over, and so will the 2.0L turbocharged I-4 which delivers 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and is standard on 3LT and 2LTZ trims.
We need to say that not all information’s about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are offered so we will have to wait until the official launch. Since it will only be a carryover this should happen during the 2015th, most likely summer or fall of 2015th after which we will provide all those missing details. Don’t expect anything revolutionary to happen, more changes will be offered with redesigned model that will come in the next couple years.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Review
Exterior design follows rest of Chevrolet’s fleet and first thing you’ll notice about it is the split nose which has small lower air intake, trapezoid mesh grille and slim upper air dam with Chevy’s badge between the latter two. Curvy parallelogram headlights look very good while pronouncing sophisticated wheel arches and slightly rose to be in line with angular hood. Out back, bumper has an inlet for the rear license plate, while tail-lights come in twin-cube form giving the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu quite impressive look.
Malibu’s interior is quite diverse thanks to plenty of trim levels. Every one of these comes with two-tone cabin color options with available leather and wood accents in higher grades. This principle will be carried over to 2016, but actual colors will be changed. Dashboard will keep its protruded instrument panel which on the other hand carries all the controls and a 7-inch touch screen display (unavailable on entry level). Instead of a touch screen, base models have a standard radio and CD/MP3 player, but they still come without Bluetooth technology and USB port. Pioneer’s premium 9-speaker system is optional on LTZ grades, while all models offer standard six speakers. Every 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will come with 10 standard airbags, electronic cruise control, stability and traction controls and anti-lock brakes. LT and LTZ models add rearview camera and rear parking sensors, while optional safety package includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors and cross-traffic alerts.
Fuel economy ratings of a base 2.5L engine stand at 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Pretty good, but still not class-leading. Turbocharged engine was designed for better performance and is rated at 21/30 mpg. Prices shouldn’t budge at all, and 2016 year Malibu will cost at least $22,500. Highest tier LTZ model will have to be paid $30,500 or more if you decide to get it with all available features.
Specs Of 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is a fine choice as a mid-size sedan, but doesn’t really have any special perks which could elevate it above the competition. This is the main problem that Chevy has and that’s why Malibu will soon shift generations again.
Read here about 2015 Chevrolet Malibu.