The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu refresh has gone somewhat unnoticed, which is not surprising considering the population’s general disinterest in mid-size sedans. We recently came across some photos of the sedan taken at the launch of the 2019 Malibu Diesel in Korea, however, that show the updated Malibu’s front end up close, giving us a better look at the facelifted Chevy’s various intricacies.
One interesting part of this design is the upper portion of the grille. The top portion of the grille runs directly into the headlight, where the LED strip in the light makes it look as though the grille signature continues. We think this is a neat little design detail that has gone largely unnoticed, so we thought we’d bring it to your attention.
The same grille segment that extends to meet the LED strip in the headlight also extends downward to frame large lower grille opening, another interesting design detail you may have missed.
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu has received a new pair of fog lights as well. The pre-facelift Malibu featured L-shaped fog lights that formed a full C-shape via a chrome trim piece. The 2019 Malibu, by comparison, gets more traditional fog lights with an integrated lower intake vent. The intake vent also meets a black lower trim piece, which serves as a protective chin guard of sorts. How many times have you scraped your bumper on a steep driveway or speed bump?
You may remember that the ninth-generation Malibu was originally designed by wunderkind designer Jaymer Starbody, who was 22-years old when he penned the sketch that ultimately became the production car you see on roads today. It’s unclear who was responsible for making the changes this updated 2019 model, although Chevrolet’s executive director of global design, John Cafaro, likely would have signed off on it. Nice changes, John!
The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu (fancy grille and all!) starts at $21,680 in the United States.