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The All-New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is Ready for the World

Available in December!

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The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on April 1st, and it received a great reception. The Chevrolet Malibu is one of the most important models for Chevy’s lineup.

Chevy intends to make right all that was wrong with the last generation Malibu. While it was a sharp looking vehicle in its LTZ iteration, the remaining trim levels had the boring and bland “rental car” feel. In this class, the competition blew the Malibu out the water. The competition simply was better. Chevy knew it, and after a very early mid-cycle refresh Chevy began developing the 2016 model.

The new Malibu design is taking after the very good looking Chevy Impala. I do not think there will be any complaints in the style department here.

Some Engine Changes

The standard 2.5L 4 is gone and is being replaced by a 1.5L Turbo 4 cylinder. This new engine is equipped with the standard start/stop technology, producing 160hp and 184lbs-ft of torque. Which is down 36 horses and 2 lb-ft from the previous model’s 2.5-liter four—but real-world performance shouldn’t suffer too much thanks to the Malibu’s weight loss of 300lbs.

The optional 2.0L turbo engine is being carried over from last year’s model but detuned a bit to 250hp and 258lbs-ft of torque. That detune reduced power by 9hp and 37lb-ft of torque. The reduction in weight and the new eight-speed automatic transmission should make the reduction in power virtually unnoticeable.

Changing Trim Levels

The new 2016 Chevy Malibu will be offered in these new trim levels: L, LS, LT, and a new “Premier.” The LTZ trim level is gone. Every Malibu comes with Chevy’s 4G LTE hotspot and data connection with three months and three gigs of data.

The LS model will have a backup camera, active grill shutters, and the 7-in MyLink touch screen.

The LT adds LED running lights. At least at time of print this is all the LT gets. I imagine it will add a few more features to make the LT worth existing.

The Premier gets a wireless phone charger, two rear-sear USB ports, an 110-volt power outlet, leather and vented seats, and the 8-in MyLink touchscreen.

The new Malibu should arrive in the showroom in the 4th quarter. If you are interested in the current model or the new one, please give us a call at 952-469-6835.

 Jeff Belzer's 2016 Chevy Malibu

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