It’s been rumored that a diesel engine is in store for the Chevy Malibu. But the 2019 Malibu refresh came and went, and a diesel engine was nowhere to be seen. Even so, that doesn’t mean that we should abandon hope on a Malibu Diesel, since new information suggests that such a model is currently in development.
New photos obtained exclusively by GM Authority show a Chevy Malibu Diesel prototype undergoing testing in South Korea. The vehicle features a yellow DIESEL label above the infotainment system screen along with black camo in the front and rear.
The GM Authority Take
These shots should serve as good confirmation as any that a diesel mill is coming to the Chevy Malibu.
Though it’s unknown what engine will power the vehicle, we are not aware of GM having any diesel motors outside the 1.6L I-4 LH7 to shoehorn under the hood. In the Chevy Cruze Diesel, the motor is mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The combination is rated at 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, as well as 31 mpg city and 47 mpg highway for the Cruze Diesel sedan, and 30 mpg city and 45 mpg highway for the Cruze Diesel hatch.
Expect the Malibu Diesel to join the lineup in the very near future, either for the 2019 model year or for the mid-2019 model year, as a 2019i model.
Hat tip to GM Authority reader Wu.
About Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan sold in most markets where Chevrolet has a business presence. It is currently the brand’s second-largest sedan in the U.S. and Canada, slotting above the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic and compact Chevrolet Cruze but under the full-size Chevrolet Impala.
The 2019 model year represents the fourth year of production of the ninth-gen Malibu, for which the vehicle received a midcycle enhancement, otherwise known as a facelift or refresh consisting of revised exterior styling, a new RS trim level, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for L, LS, LT and RS models, a new infotainment system, and a new 8-inch reconfigurable driver information center (DIC), among a other new features.
The Chevrolet Malibu is produced across the following three GM plants globally:
- GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, USA – supplying the Americas
- GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea – supplying Eurasia
- Shanghai GM Jinqiao North in China (GM China) – supplying China
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