Chevrolet announced that it will be offering the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in five models. These are the L, LS, LT, Premier, and Hybrid models. All of the versions will come with standard features like cruise control and 10 airbags. It will also come with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that has a push-button start and the passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology.
The 2016 Malibu is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient model yet and also the most connected and more advanced technology-wise. Steve Majoros shares that the company continues to focus on giving customers the highest level when it comes to quality and proof of this is recognition from J.D. Power as it relates to long-term dependability and quality.
Majoros is currently the director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers. Majoros adds that its latest offering, the 2016 Malibu, not just offers the latest technological features that other automakers find hard to compete with but it comes with a price that customers will find very impressive.
Its basic version, the L model, will be available for a suggested price of $22,500. The LS model comes in at a higher standard retail price of $23,995. The additional features include the MyLink Radio, which has a 7-inch color and touch screen that can be made compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
It should be noted that these software are subject to the privacy statements of Google and Apple and will need compatible smartphones with the corresponding data plans. The LS model also has a rear vision camera. The LT model meanwhile is priced at $25,895.
This is expected to have General Motors-estimated rating of 27 mpg for city driving and 37 mpg for highway driving especially with the stop/start Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine. These figures though are not yet official as EPA estimates have not yet been made available.
Furthermore, the LT has 8-way power driving seats and LED daytime running lamps. The LT model will also offer the 2.0L turbo paired with an 8-speed transmission and is priced starting at $29,495. Chevrolet‘s 2016 Malibu Premier model will have this option as well with a starting price of $31,795.
Though official EPA estimates are still not available, the 2.0T models have been estimated by GM to be 22 mpg for city and 32 mpg for highway. There are also other technological features that have been made available especially when it comes to safety.
These include Teen driver, Front Pedestrian Braking, Low Speed Front Automatic Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. These different features ensure safe driving habits by muting audio either from the car or a device paired with it in cases where the people seated on the front have not yet worn their seatbelts.
This system is also the first one that lets parents get information on how their teenage daughters or sons have been driving the vehicle. Thus it can act as a good teaching tool that can reinforce the importance of safe driving habits. This system is available as an option for the LT but will come standard with the Premier models.
With the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu being lighter and longer compared to previous models, the rear portion of the interior has more space. The reason why the 2016 Malibu is longer is due to the wheelbase being extended by almost four inches while it has been made lighter by 300 pounds.
The end result is that the 2016 Malibu has better fuel economy and even better handling. The fuel efficiency is made possible by the hybrid powertrain which borrows technology from the Chevrolet Volt. The GM-estimate ratings are 45 mpg for the highway, 48 mpg for city, and finally a rating of 47 mpg combined.
All these figures have been found to be the best for its segment although official estimates from the EPA have yet to be released.
The price of the Malibu Hybrid will be released once production starts which is slated to be sometime in the spring of 2016.
The 2016 Malibu is being manufactured at its GM Fairfax Assembly plant located in Kansas City, Kansas, though parts are sourced from different parts around the world.