Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new 2016 Malibu, which now offers more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever.
Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new 2016 Malibu, which now offers more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever. The Malibu Hybrid also borrows technology from the new Chevy Volt to help it achieve a highway rating over 45 mpg, while a new 1.5L turbocharged engine gets 37 mpg on the highway.
Compared to the outgoing Malibu, the 2016 Malibu is longer and lighter with more interior space and improved fuel efficiency. Its wheelbase has been stretched close to four inches and it is nearly 300 pounds lighter than the current model. Overall the 2016 malibu’s styling is heavily influenced by the current Impala.
The 2016 Malibu is powered by a new Ecotec 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic and is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. A 250-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder is also available and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Malibu Hybrid is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit, slightly modified from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drive unit. It generates 182 horsepower.
“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer.
The 2016 Malibu goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015.