The current-generation Chevy Malibu debuted just a couple of years ago for 2016, however there are already reports that the 2019 Malibu might undergo a possible refresh.
2019 Chevrolet Malibu Design
Visually, the current-generation Malibu is still sharp, so any refresh would likely be reasonably mild. We ‘d expect updated soft parts just, like the headlights and bumpers. There could also be some new wheels, style bundles, and color choices, but it’s still too early to state.
Inside, the current Malibu is comfy and well geared up. On top of that, it is rather roomy, even for taller occupants. In here, we would anticipate to see a couple of tech updates, a basic rearview camera would be one essential upgrade, and possibly some mild styling updates just to keep things fresh. Otherwise, we anticipate Chevy to leave exactly what’s not broken alone.
2019 Chevrolet Malibu Engine
Despite the capacity for a styling upgrade, we expect the car’s greasy bits to remain the exact same. The present base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160 horse power and 184 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, purchasers have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque readily available as well. The transmission paired to the base engine is anticipated to remain a six-speed unit, while the 2.0-liter’s nine-speed system need to remain too.
For greener purchasers, we anticipate the Malibu Hybrid to stay with its 1.8-liter engine and electrical motor that pair up to produce 182 hp. This powertrain not only delivers an outstanding 46 miles per gallon combined, however it can also operate on electrical power at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
The 2018 Malibu ticks all the primary boxes for the IIHS: “Good” scores in all the key crash tests and a “Superior” rating of the optional high-speed automatic emergency braking system. That said, its “Poor” headlight test results push it down to simply an IIHS Top Safety Pick. There is the possibility of a refresh improving the headlights enough to get the Top Safety Pick+ ranking, but that stays to be seen.
2019 Chevrolet Malibu Pricing & Release Date
There is no main release date for the 2019 Chevy Malibu, however we expect to see it in the summertime of 2018. Official pricing shouldn’t stray too far from the 2018 model, which varies from $24,195 to $31,895 (destination charges included). The Malibu’s key rivals consist of the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and the Toyota Camry.