2019 Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is expected to receive a midcycle enhancement for the 2019 model year.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Chevrolet.
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We expect the 2019 Malibu midsize sedan to receive a midcycle enhancement, also known as an MCE, facelift or refresh. The update will come three years after the launch of the current, ninth-generation Malibu.
Following are our expectations of the 2019 Chevy Malibu:
- Slight revisions to the outside styling, including integrating LED accent lighting into the headlamps so as to bring the vehicle’s design in line with the likes of the Sonic, Cruze, Equinox, and Traverse
- Little to no updates to the interior
- Little to no updates to the powertrain, as the vehicle uses GM’s latest engine lineup and recently inherited GM’s 9-speed automatic transmission
The 2019 Chevy Malibu will continue being offered as a four-door midsize sedan.
The 2019 Chevy Malibu will continue riding on GM’s E2 platform.
The 2019 Malibu will continue competing in the midsize mainstream sedan space with the following vehicles:
- Ford Fusion
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Altima
- Honda Accord
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Optima
- Subaru Legacy
- Mazda 6
- Volkswagen Passat
- Mitsubishi Galant
Our expectations that the Malibu will get a refresh are based on several instances of spy shots.
- In April 2017, a camouflaged Chevrolet Malibu was spotted undergoing testing. The vehicle had a heavy amount of camouflage on its body and no camo covering the interior, leading us to believe that updates will be limited to the exterior. Despite the heavy amount of camouflage on the prototype, it’s unlikely that updates to the exterior design will be significant