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The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-sized sedan that was produced with the rear-wheel-drive layout between 1964 and 1983. Since 1997, it has been built as a front-wheel-drive vehicle.
The Chevrolet Malibu represents its 7th generation starting from 2015 when the new model made its debut at the New York Auto Show in April. Considerably updated, this Malibu can rival such recognized models as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion.
It’s noteworthy that the new Chevrolet Malibu is lighter by 300 pounds due to steel used in the framework and pillars made thinner. The new model looks more sophisticated and sportier than the previously produced ones. Besides, it features a little longer body.
There are 2 honeycomb grilles at the front. The one that’s above the Chevy badge is twice as narrow as the one that’s situated under it. Also, there’s an air intake under the larger grille with the running lights on each side. The line running along the bonnet and down the front end seems to divide the sedan in 2 equal parts. Although it’s rather unusual, it looks really nice making the Malibu’s design easily recognisable and unique.
The rear end of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is also redesigned. Now, it’s more European-like as well as more aerodynamic. The car’s rear bumper is sporty and the trunk lid features a sharper end. Furthermore, the taillight clusters are also redesigned.
Also, the new Chevrolet Malibu uses more glass meaning the cabin is more airy as well as with improved visibility.
The centre console in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is uncluttered. Actually, it looks almost empty in comparison to the ones in the previously produced ‘Bu models. Much fewer controls are needed there now as most technologies are activated via a touchscreen (7/8-inch ones depending on a trim).
The car’s panels can be trimmed with fabric or can look metallic or leather. It depends on the price of the trim level you opt for. The steering wheel houses new controls.
When you look at the Chevrolet Malibu from the outside, the spaciousness it offers seems incredible. The seats at the front provide enough comfort and room for long-distance journeys although the seats themselves aren’t as supportive as they are on the Malibu cars made earlier. The front seats’ leather trim, ventilation, and heating are among optional features. A driver occupies a lower position that’s a good thing. Another good thing about the interior at the front is a padded console at the height of knees.
The 2016 sedan’s predecessors had issues with space available at the back. The manufacturer learnt a lesson and enlarged the new model’s wheelbase. Such a solution increased head and leg room for passengers at the back. In general, the new Malibu’s cabin is practical and state-of-the-art.
Powertrain & Fuel Economy
A standard powerplant the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes with is a new 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque. It employs the start-stop technology for better fuel efficiency and 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is reported to return 27 mpg city and 37 mpg hwy.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 250 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque is one of the options. It’s mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with GM’s TapShift technology. This engine’s fuel efficiency rate is 22 mpg city and 32 mpg hwy.
Another option is the Malibu Hybrid system that features twin electric motor, 1.4 kWh battery pack, and a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine. Together, they produce 182 hp and return 47 mpg. The Hybrid can drive at a speed of up to 55 mph using battery power alone.
Cargo capacity in the Malibus powered by gas amounts to 15.8 cu ft. The hybrid offers less, 11.6 cu ft of cargo space (the rest is eaten by the battery).
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu provides 10 airbags, auto parking assist, cross-traffic alerts, and brake assist as well as lane departure, blind spot, and forward collision warning systems.
The car is also equipped with a brand-new feature called the Teen Driver. The Teen Driver has been developed as a means of determining young drivers’ weak points and working on them. With the help of the MyLink system, installed on modern Chevrolets, parents can set a number of parameters they would like their children to keep to while behind the steering wheel such as a maximum speed or radio’s volume level. After the ride, parents are given information on how well and safe their children drove. In particular, they can see overall distance run, maximum speed and how many times it was exceeded, whether stability control/anti-lock braking systems had to be activated, etc.
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