2016 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign, Specs and Review

Recent reports show the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu undergoing some tests covered under heavy camouflage. Thanks to the spy photographers, we can have a glimpse of the upcoming sedan design. The spy pictures were taken in Germany, while other reports also tell that the Malibu’s prototype also doing some test in the United States.

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Our European spy photographers have managed to scoop the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu undergoing testing. This may seem a surprise considering the current eighth-gen model had only just been launched in Malaysia, but the fact is that the American D-segment fighter is already three years old – and has already gone through its midlife facelift in the US – so it’s rapidly approaching time for a full revamp.

Despite the heavy camouflage, the new car’s more athletic appearance is immediately apparent, borrowing more than a few cues from its handsome Impala full-sized sibling. The roofline is sleeker and lower-slung than the current Malibu’s, and slopes at the rear to create a fastback look not unlike the Audi A7 Sportback.

Exterior

Too bad it retains the black sheets in these shots provided by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard, though we can still pinpoint several elements of the design highlighted by the sloping roofline and the stretched rear window that almost discard the trunk lid. It’s pretty evident from the Audi A7-esque shape that GM wants to give the next Malibu a more youthful and dynamic appearance.

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The front-end of the car looks more squared off and will probably keep a certain family resemblance with the bigger Impala. The pictures (notice the longer rear doors) suggest that the Malibu’s replacement will ride on longer wheelbase to improve the car’s rear passenger legroom, which is considered one of the current model’s main weak spots.

Under the skin, the next Malibu is expected to make use of a revised version of the current car’s Epsilon II platform – our spies corroborate that the development mule is noticeably wider in track and longer in wheelbase than before.

Powertrain

Engine options remain unconfirmed but they are expected to carryover with minor improvements. There’s no word on specifications but the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine currently develops 196 bhp (146 kW) and 191 lb-ft (258 Nm) of torque, while the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out 259 bhp (193 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque.

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Release Date and Price

Even though it’s too early to speculate when will the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu be released, we can safely estimate that the upcoming sedan will debut later in 2015 or maybe earlier in 2016. As for pricing, we haven’t heard a lot of rumors talking about this, it shouldn’t be too high than the current version. We will update you soon.

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