Chevrolet realized rather quickly the current eighth-generation Malibu wasn’t cutting it with many consumers. After just three years on the market, the model is set to be replaced with an all-new model — the 2016 Malibu, which Chevrolet has begun teasing ahead of its debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 1st.
In penning the 2016 Malibu, designers used a “blank slate” approach, according to Chevrolet. What’s more, the E2XX platform set to underpin the next-gen Malibu is nearly four inches longer than the Epsilon II platform employed in the current model, which not only allows for increased rear legroom and interior space, addressing the biggest complaints about the current model, but the longer wheelbase also changes the proportions, resulting in a dramatically different design.
Based on the teaser image provided by Chevrolet, the 2016 Malibu appears to have a sleek fastback-style shape somewhat reminiscent of the Audi A7. In spy shots, next-gen Malibu prototypes also appear to be wider and lower than the current car, further lending to the sedan’s sportier look.
“Malibu’s gorgeous styling is the result of a masterful understanding of proportions,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of Global Design at General Motors. “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.”
Chevrolet also said the new Malibu is designed to deliver “more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever.” What’s more, the E2XX platform will help shave 300 pounds (136 kg) over the outgoing model, helping to increase fuel economy, performance and handling.
Chevy has vowed to provide more new details on the car every single week leading up to the big reveal, so stay tuned as the NYIAS debut of the 2016 Malibu approaches. What would you like to know next?