Chevy aims upmarket with its all-new midsize sedan.
At the New York Auto Show today, Chevrolet took the wraps off its newest, and most important model – the 2016 Malibu. The all-new midsize sedan is pushing into this competitive segment with significant improvements over the outgoing model, including its exterior styling, fuel-efficiency, safety features, technological offerings and the addition of its very first hybrid model. Under development for three years, the Malibu has lost 300 lbs in the process.
Thecar has grown by 2.3 inches, offering a wheelbase that stretches an additional3.6 inches longer than the outgoing model. Exterior design now draws on the Impala's looks, offering an overallpremium feel with its sleeker, flatter design. Higher trim level models willalso gain standard LED running lamps. Inside, a new center stack, chromeaccents and a console storage area join the Chevy MyLink infotainment systemwith seven or eight-inch touchscreens. Gasoline powered models offer a1.5-liter turbo four that makes 160 horsepwer and 184 lb-ft of torque, coupledwith a six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new hybrid combines a 1.8-liter four cylinder gasoline engineand an 80-cell, 1.5 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack. Electric power canrun up to 55 mph, with a combined gasoline/hybrid output of 182 hp. Still onoffer is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, now mated to an eight-speedautomatic and making 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With a long list of new standard and optional features, Chevy says the new Malibu is the perfect combination of "great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior". The Malibu will hitshowrooms in late 2015, with the hybrid to follow next spring.