2016 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign – If you’re expecting to see the Malibu’s bodylines, you’ll be disappointed. The majority of the car is still covered in black cladding, however these photos reveal more of the grille, headlights and taillights than ever before. Out front a two-tier grille not too different from the current Malibu’s can be seen, along with a thinner, sleeker headlight shape and LED fog lights.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign
The rear of the car has also ditched some camo, with the pre-production taillights and license plate cutout now visible. Speaking of the license plate, that’s a European plate, meaning this car is different than the prototype we saw testing in Colorado just a few weeks ago.
As we reported before, the next-gen Malibu will ride on General Motors’ new E2XX architecture, which will also underpin the next-gen Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and more. Engine options will likely consist of a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder and a turbocharged four-cylinder, while a hybrid option may also be a possibility.
GM’s Welburn has also told reporters that the new Chevrolet Malibu will draw some design inspiration from the new C7 Corvette. “As Malibu and Cruze and [the 2016 Chevrolet] Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette,” he previously told Automotive News. “I always look at the hood of the Corvette and the sectioning, the way it’s taut, very lean, very sporty. That will be a part of really everything we do for Chevrolet.”
Most recently, GM global design chief Ed Welburn has spoken about the upcoming mid-size sedan, stating earlier this month that the new-gen Malibu’s design will “make a significant statement” with “a very passionate design.”
One of the important aspects of the segment is that Chevrolet needs a bridge between its small and large sedans, the Cruze and Impala, respectively. When a Cruze (or even a Sonic) owner is ready to move up to a bigger vehicle, Chevrolet wants to keep owners within the brand’s fold. For that to happen, Chevrolet needs a standout 2016 Malibu. (via gmauthority)
Last but not least, Reuss declared this bit of info at an investor presentation during which he showed an image (sketch, rendering, pre-production car, who knows) of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. If we’re not mistaken, the “groundbreaking design but also groundbreaking technology” Reuss is talking about leads us into thinking that mysterious image was in fact a sketch, not the actual production-ready car. (via autoevolution)
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date
The 2016 Malibu is expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in March, with sales commencing in late-2015 or early 2016.