2016 Chevy Malibu: What We Know So Far

March 5th, 2015 by

The 2016 Chevy Malibu has been building a lot of interest recently at Chevy dealers in Albany, NY.

Set to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, the next generation Malibu will be completely redesigned exterior and interior to offer buyers even more bang for their buck.

To get you up to speed on all of the up-to-date information on the 2016 Malibu, here’s what we know so far:

It Lost Some Serious Weight

For its next generation design, the 2016 Malibu’s designers and engineers went back to the drawing board to make the car stand out from its competition.

A big part of this is a 300-pound weight reduction. Chevy is using a new steel structure to increase the strength while reducing weight. A similar strategy was used on the latest generation of Silverado trucks.

This reduction in weight will provide the 2016 Chevy Malibu with better fuel economy and improved handling–something all drivers look for in a new car.

Its Design is Longer Than the Previous Generation

Despite the weight reduction, Chevy has actually been able to increase the overall size of the car, providing it with more rear legroom for passengers and even more interior space.

“The roofline has been stretched rearward giving a more sleek profile, while the front wheels have moved forward and front and rear overhangs have been reduced. Along with the sculpted body side, these cues help Malibu appear more dynamic and sophisticated,” said Ed Welburn, Vice President of Global Design at General Motors.

Appears to Adopt a Fastback Design

Throughout the online chatter surrounding the 2016 Malibu’s unveiling, many have pointed out that spy photos have indicated Chevy is really looking to improve the image of the Malibu with this redesign.

Many have gone as far as comparing its looks to the Audi A7 and Tesla Model S.

For a car that starts at less than $23,000, being compared to cars with base prices near $70,000 is a real compliment and hopefully translates into feedback Chevy can take advantage of when promoting the new model.

The 2016 Chevy Malibu is slated for a release near the end of 2015.