A new teaser image has given another glimpse at the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu, ahead of their launches in 2015.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
The sixth-generation Camaro is expected to get a sleek and aggressive makeover, while retaining its original design. The muscle car in its all-new avatar will be built on the rear wheel drive Alpha platform that also forms the basis for the Cadillac ATS and the Cadillac CTS. The new model would adopt several weight reduction measures for improved performance and handling.
Engine options on the range would include naturally aspirated and supercharged V6/V8, and possibly, a new 2.0-liter I4 LTG turbocharged gasoline engine. Transmission choices would be 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic initially, but 7-speed manual transmission and 8-speed automatic transmission borrowed from the Corvette maybe offered in the later stages. Till date, the muscle car has been offered only in left-hand drive, but Chevrolet could announce a right-hand drive version for the 6th gen.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
The ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu will reportedly be based on the E2XX platform. The wheelbase will increase by about four inches. This should improve the rear passenger space, for which the Epsilon II platform-based current-generation model is widely criticized.
The kerb weight is expected to drop by 300 lbs (136 kg), which would reflect on the fuel economy and handling. Chevrolet says that the design and styling of the 2016 model has been drastically improved. An instance of the same is the roofline which has now been stretched rearward to give the mid-size sedan’s rear the reminiscence of a sportback, while the front and rear overhangs are tighter. The 2016 Malibu will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on April 1, and go on sale most likely in H2 2015.
Other cars in the teaser are the new Chevrolet Spark (also debuting at the New York show), the recently unveiled Chevrolet Volt and the American-spec of the next gen Chevrolet Cruze, that launched in China last year.