Since the introduction of the ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu in 2016, the model has been offered with standard halogen projector headlights as the only mode of forward lighting on all trim levels, which the IIHS recently rated as “Poor”. As if that derogatory mark on the Malibu wasn’t enough, many consumers have expressed a significant amount of interest in having modern LED lights on their brand new vehicle. We’re here today to share some good news: Chevy appears to have listened to your concerns, and the 2019 Malibu Premier now features full LED lighting.
Specifically, the lighting configuration on the 2019 Malibu Premier includes LED low- and high-beam projectors, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and LED taillights. Hallelujah!
2019 Malibu LED Headlight Specs
We reached out to Chevrolet for some concrete data associated with the new LED headlights, and were told that the midsize sedan’s low-beam projector LED headlights are rated at 1,100 lumens while the high-beams are rated at 1,600 lumens.
For the sake of comparison, the average halogen low-beam emits 700 lumens, while the average high-beam emits 1,200. Of course, other factors – such as the focus of the lighting and the positioning of said lights – could impact the headlight performance. Even so, we think most prospective buyers will be delighted to hear the word “LED” in association with every exterior light on the car, without going into any more detail.
2019 Malibu LED Availability
Those looking to have LED headlights on their 2019 Malibu will have to spring for the range-topping 2019 Malibu Premier, which has standard LED headlights, taillights and DRLs.
Notably, the Premier model is also the only 2019 Malibu model to feature the LED headlights; the feature is not offered on any other 2019 Malibu model, either as an option or as part of a package. All other 2019 Malibu models see halogen headlights, incandescent or LED taillamps, and LED or halogen daytime runners.
As a reminder, the 2019 Malibu continues with the same trim level structure as the 2018 model, including L, LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier. However, the sporty-looking Malibu RS trim is new to the lineup for 2019, where it slots between the LS and LT models.
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About Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan sold in most markets where Chevrolet has a business presence. It is currently Chevrolet'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.
For 2019 - the fourth model year of the ninth-gen model - the Malibu received a midcycle enhancement, otherwise known as a facelift or refresh, that consists of revised exterior styling, a new Malibu RS trim level, a CVT transmission for L, LS, LT and RS models, a new infotainment system, a new 8-inch reconfigurable driver information center (DIC), LED headlamps on the Premier model, and various other new features.
The Chevrolet Malibu is produced at the following GM plants:
- 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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