The very first Chevy Malibu to ever hit American roadways, was actually the trim level of the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle. It wasn’t until 1978 that Chevrolet made the decision to give the Malibu its own model line, which originally lasted until the end of its fourth generation in 1983. Chevrolet revived the mid-size car after a 14 year hiatus, and the Malibu has been a strong contender in its segment ever since. Most recently, Chevrolet introduced the ninth generation, the 2016 Chevy Malibu – and the all new sedan has been making waves ever since.
Despite the Malibu’s rocky start, the mid-size car is currently one of the most popular in its segment. Chevrolet unveiled the newest rendition of the Malibu at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and announced that it would go on sale late fall of 2015, as a 2016 model. Ever since the ninth generation of the Malibu was introduced in April, anticipation surrounding the newest version of the car has been building. Not only has Chevrolet revised the Malibu, they also introduced an all-new hybrid version of the popular sedan.
If all of this talk about new things, advanced technology, and an entirely new Malibu model altogether has you excited, you aren’t alone. We are dissecting the new 2016 Chevy Malibu, and bringing you all of the important information surrounding Chevy’s latest model – right here.
Reimagined is an Understatement
When it comes to the all new 2016 Chevy Malibu, simply stating that it was redesigned, is a total and complete understatement. Chevy engineers and designers, rebuilt the Malibu from the ground up. The result? A better sedan, that is more comfortable, more advanced, and lighter than ever before. And did we mention the Malibu Hybrid? But again, that is simply touching the surface of what the new Malibu offers.
Changes for 2016
As we have already said, the 2016 Chevy Malibu is all new for this model year. A lot has changed, and the car that will arrive at dealerships in a few short weeks, is entirely different from the car that first rolled off the assembly line fifty years ago. Check out the areas in which the Malibu has been redesigned, rethought, and reimagined for its latest generation.
Increased Fuel Efficiency
We will get into the 2016 Malibu Hybrid here in a little bit, but first we will touch on the increased fuel economy for the 2016 Malibu. Engineers worked to decrease the overall weight of the Malibu by nearly 300 pounds, and that weight loss is substantial enough to notice at the pump. The standard 2016 Malibu comes equipped with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and offers an impressive 37 miles per gallon on the highway.
The all-new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, however, far exceeds that number, offering even more savings. General Motors estimates that the Malibu Hybrid will achieve 48 miles per gallon in the city, and 45 miles per gallon on the highway. Not too shabby.
Longer Wheelbase for More Interior Room
The 2016 Chevy Malibu may have dropped some serious LBs from the outgoing model, but it also gained inches. That’s right, Chevrolet engineers were able to actually extend the sedan’s wheelbase nearly four inches. Those extra inches may not seem significant, but they account for the roomier interior cabin of the new Malibu. Both driver and passengers will be able to stretch out more in the 2016 Malibu, than they ever would have been able to in past models.
One of the most important aspects of new vehicles has been connectivity and in-vehicle technology. The 2016 Chevy Malibu delivers on both accounts, with available segment-exclusive 4G LTE in-vehicle technology provided by OnStar. The all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system comes ready to use in the 2016 Malibu, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Drivers can also keep their devices charged with an available wireless phone charging station. Essentially, the 2016 Chevy Malibu has become a high-tech example for all other vehicles in its segment, and even for those outside of its class.
More Safety Features
Along with technology, drivers are also focused on the overall safety of their vehicle. The 2016 Malibu comes equipped with standard preventative safety technologies to keep both drivers and passengers safe. Ten advanced air bags are standard, and protect passengers throughout the entirety of the cabin. Drivers can choose to add advanced safety technologies such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Automatic Parking Assist.
An entire new level of advanced safety is available in the 2016 Malibu, and gives parents a new way to hold their teenage drivers accountable. Teen Driver technology is an available service on the 2016 Malibu, and is meant to help encourage teen drivers to stay safe on the road. The Malibu’s audio automatically mutes when seat belts aren’t secured, and parents can set predetermined speeds for their teenagers to follow. Audio and visual warnings will alert teen drivers when they do not stay within those preset parameters.
New Engine Options
The all new 2016 Chevy Malibu, would not be complete without new engine offerings. Aside from the Malibu Hybrid engine, the gasoline powered Malibu has gained two new engines. The first is a power-dense 1.5-liter Ecotec turbocharged engine, that comes standard with stop/start technology. The second new engine offering is a high-output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that comes paired with an all new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Meet the All-New Malibu Hybrid
The most obvious new change to the 2016 Malibu lineup, is the introduction of the first-ever Malibu Hybrid. Chevrolet engineers were able to design the 2016 Malibu Hybrid sedan to feel like a gas-only model, but deliver on all of the promises of a hybrid. Borrowing technology from the plug-in Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid features an all-new 1.8-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine, complete with a two-motor drive unit. The drive unit assists the engine during acceleration, by providing additional power to the motor.
The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is the very first Chevrolet vehicle to feature Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery Technology, which utilizes exhaust heat to warm the cabin and engine of the sedan. The use of Exhaust Gas Recirculation, is another new technology that helps the Malibu Hybrid achieve its impressive fuel economy numbers.
At the heart of every hybrid vehicle, is a battery pack. An 80-cell 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is at the heart of the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, and it works to provide electric power to the entire hybrid system of the car. On this battery pack alone, the Malibu Hybrid can reach speeds up to 55 miles per hour, without the use of the gasoline engine. A blended regenerative braking system, used in the 2016 Chevy Volt, is also used on the Malibu Hybrid, as a way to help the battery maintain a charge.
Coming to a Dealer Near You
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is slated to arrive at dealerships later this fall. With the impressive new additions to the lineup, and the use of more advanced technology, the all new Malibu is sure to be a showstopper. Most impressive, is the hybrid technology embedded into the the new Malibu Hybrid model, which is the most advanced technology available.
Be sure to keep up with all things Chevrolet here on our blog, and be the first to know when the 2016 Chevy Malibu hits showroom floors. It is certainly an addition to the Chevrolet lineup you won’t want to miss out on!