For all the excitement around the Lincoln Continental and the Cadillac CT6, the Chevrolet Malibu is one of the key introductions at the New York International Auto Show this year. It’s larger, it bristles with technology and it features an all new hybrid trim this year.
What Is It?
What Chevrolet Is Saying
“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.
What’s New for 2016?
- The Malibu has a wheelbase four inches longer than the car it replaces
- It also loses 300 pounds in weight from the last generation
- An all-new hybrid model uses technology derived from the Chevrolet Volt, offering up to 48 mpg
- Available segment-exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity as well as available wireless phone charging\
- Standard preventive safety technologies include 10 standard air bags, with available features such as Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Automatic Parking Assist is also available
- All-new Teen Driver feature, which allows parents to view their kids’ driving statistics, such as maximum speed, warning alerts and more
- All-new, power-dense Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with fuel-saving stop/start technology is standard, offering a GM-estimated 160 hp (119 kW)
- High-output 2.0L turbo with GM-estimated 250 hp (186 kW) is available and is mated with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu arrives in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015.