The 2016 Malibu doesn’t just look different…This is a different car than any generation of Malibu in the past! According to the Malibu’s Chief Engineer, Jesse Ortega, “Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies and a gorgeous exterior” and that’s exactly what this vehicle delivered.
Let’s start with some of the biggest differences in the ninth generation Malibu:
The 2016 Malibu is longer and lighter
Chevrolet is manufacturing the the vehicle to be a larger vehicle while decreasing it’s weight. The 2016 Malibu will be closer to four inches longer than the 2015 and will still be nearly 300 lbs lighter. These two factors are a small portion of what will contribute to the EPA estimated 37 MPG highway.
When the 2016 Malibu arrives at our Boardman, OH showroom it will feature:
-Available segment-exclusive OnStar LTE wifi as well as wireless phone charging.
-Agile, sophisticated and sleek exterior design.
-More standard safety technologies, including 10 standard air bags and available features such as forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and automatic parking assist.
-A teen driver feature, which will allow parents to view their children’s driving statistics like maximum speed, warning alerts and more.
Because Chevrolet is making the 2016 Malibu larger, it will feature legroom and a more open cabin. The next generation Malibu was built with a greater emphasis on comfort, convenience and connectivity that allows the Malibu to keep pace with customers’ lives. Here are the major highlights of the new interior:
-Chevrolet MyLink with a seven inch color touch screen will come standard on LS, LT and Hybrid models. An eight inch touch will be available on LT, Hybrid and Premier trims.
-3D navigational maps will be available on select trim levels.
-The Teen Driver feature will allow parents to restrict certain vehicle features such as speed, customized warning alerts and more.
-Rear seat USB and 110-volt power outlets will be options.
-The center stack is completely redesigned!
-Galvano chrome accents make the instrument panel and center console more aesthetically appealing.
-Added dedicated storage slot for mobile phones, which can be used to wireless charge the phone.
-Ventilated seats will be standard on Premier Trim levels.
Unlike previous editions of the Malibu, the 2016 Malibu will be offered in L, LS, LT and premier trims. The premier trim is a Chevrolet first, making its debut on the Malibu. This is an “uplevel” designation meaning it will have even more luxury than ever!
Well, that about sums it up…Just kidding! We haven’t even got to one of the most exciting changes. The 2016 Malibu will be available in a Hybrid!
The 2016 Malibu borrowed technology from the 2016 Volt’s propulsion system. This propulsion system will offer a combined fuel economy that exceeds 45 miles per gallon. This is higher than the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrids.
The hybrid engine will also feature Chevy’s first ever application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery or EGHR. This technology uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin to ensure consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather.
The hybrid system will be driven by a 80-cell lithium ion battery pack which will power the vehicle up to speeds of 55 mpg, where the engine will take over. The battery will be charged using the Volt’s blended regenerative braking system, which will recover kinetic energy during braking.
To cap it all off, check out these photos!