After its introduction for the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Malibu is in for a mid-cycle refresh for 2019. We’ve spotted the mid-size sedan testing on numerous occasions in the United States, but these new spy shots come from across the Atlantic.
The photos show the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu wearing European license plates, and after identifying a regional roadway sign, it’s evident the prototypes are testing in the country of Spain. We don’t have a particular reason as to why the car is there since General Motors most recently sold off its European operations to France’ PSA Groupe, which includes the Zaragoza, Spain, factory. GM did retain its Turin powertrain facility, however.
This is purely speculation on our part, but it could mean the 2019 Malibu will arrive with the same 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine found in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The Turin, Italy, facility has been instrumental in GM diesel development and the cars may have simply made the trip to Spain for additional testing.
What is clear is the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu will sport a revised front fascia and new daytime-running light design, as shown in the photos. Additional camouflage leads us to believe other design tweaks are present as well, but the rear taillights are completely exposed, likely indicating no tweaks back there.
We’ll likely see the updated Malibu debut sometime in 2018.
Spy shots: Motor Authority