Chevrolet has announced the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be available from a starting price of $22,500 for the L trim. The company states that the price of the new Malibu is lower than that of its key rivals Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and the Nissan Altima.
The 2016 Malibu features a weight reduction of 300 lbs (136 kg) along with a increase in wheelbase, which has been stretched by nearly 4-inches. It is offered in 5 trim levels- L, LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier with standard equipment like cruise control, push-button start with passive entry, stop/start technology along with 10 airbags on the base level 1.5-litre model.
The LS trim features Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch diagonal colour touch screen. The infotainment system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology along with rear view camera compatibility.
The LT trim adds LED daytime running lamps and 8-way power adjustable seats. It will be available with a choice of two engines- a base 1.5-litre Ecotec turbocharged engine with stop/start technology and a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Premier will replace the LTZ as the top-of-the-line trim level in the 2016 Malibu and will exclusively be available with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It features new technologies added for the first time like Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking.
The 1.5-litre Ecotec engine has a GM-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 27 mpg (11.4 km/l) in the city and 37 mpg (15.7 km/l) in the highway. The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine returns 22 mpg (9.3 km/l) in the city and 32 mpg (13.6 km/l) in the highway.
The 2016 Malibu will also spawn a hybrid variant based on the powertrain from the Chevrolet Volt. It is set to feature a GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 48 mpg (20 km/l) city, 45 mpg (19.1 km/l) highway and 47 mpg (19.9 km/l) combined. Details on the hybrid trim will be announced later.
The 2016 Malibu will also feature Chevrolet’s Teen Driver System as an option in the LT trim and as standard on the Premier trim. The system aids in safe driving practices by muting audio playing in the vehicle if the front passengers are not wearing the seat belts. The Malibu is the first vehicle in the segment which lets parents review information of how their teenagers drove the vehicle.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing U.S
- 2016 Malibu L 1.5-litre Ecotec – US$22,500
- 2016 Malibu LS 1.5-litre Ecotec – US$23,995
- 2016 Malibu LT 1.5-litre Ecotec – US$25,895
- 2016 Malibu LT 2.0-litre turbo – US$29,495
- 2016 Malibu Premier 2.0-litre turbo – US$31,795
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