The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid were introduced today at the New York International Auto Show. According to the Malibu’s chief engineer, Jesse Ortega, “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.”
Under the hood, the 2016 Chevy Malibu has a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower is available. It comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet projects the 2016 Malibu to return 27/37 mpg city/highway with the 1.5-liter engine, which is a slight improvement over the outgoing model’s EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg rating.
If fuel economy is a priority, you may want to consider the all-new 2016 Malibu Hybrid, as Chevrolet expects it to achieve a combined city/highway rating of 47 mpg, which would match the class-leading 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid's rating. The Malibu Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that together produce 182 horsepower. Using only electric power, the Malibu Hybrid can reach a speed of 55 mph.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has a thoroughly redesigned exterior. Autoblog notes the new styling borrows heavily from the 2015 Impala, and adds that the Malibu has a “fresher, more upscale appearance” than the outgoing model.
Inside, the 2016 Malibu has an extra 1.3 inches of rear-seat legroom compared to the 2015 model. Other interior updates include newly available ventilated front seats and a redesigned center stack. An updated version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is available with a new 8-inch touch screen. Car and Driver says the new system has intuitive menus and operates responsively. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be available with a variety of new safety and convenience features, including lane keep assist, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, front pedestrian detection with automatic braking and automatic parking assist.
Chevrolet is also offering a new available Teen Driver system that automatically mutes the audio system when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing seat belts, gives warnings when the vehicle is exceeding a preset speed and allows parents to monitor their children's driving habits.
The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. Official pricing has not yet been released, but the 2015 model starts at $22,465.