2016 Chevrolet Malibu Spied Again, This Time In Colorado4
Chevrolet was recently caught by CarScoops testing its next-generation Chevrolet Volt high up in Colorado Rockies. General Motors engineers weren’t just putting Chevy’s new extended-range EV through its paces, they were also seen testing the 2016 Malibu mid-size sedan’s cold-weather performance.
Unfortunately, the 2016 ‘Bu hasn’t shed any of its camouflage for these latest photos. The thick black camo is still covering much of the car’s body, however its Audi A7-like fastback shape and some other small styling elements can still be seen.
The new Malibu will likely feature more modern, youthful styling over the current car. From what we can tell, a variation of Chevrolet’s two-tier grille may be carried over from the current eighth-generation Malibu to help keep it in line with the other Chevys, but apart from that, we think this new model will end up looking very different from the last.
There are no rumors hinting at what might sit under the hood of the new Malibu, but we have a few well-educated guesses. Chevy’s current 2.5-liter LCV four-cylinder engine will likely be carried over along with the 2.0-liter turbocharged LTG engine. Us and many others think the V6s will be tossed out the window, just like Ford did with their second-gen Fusion.
Speaking of Ford, GM’s new nine-speed transmission for front-wheel drive applications it’s developing with the Dearborn-based automaker will eventually see duty in the Malibu. This, combined with small four cylinder engines and improved aerodynamics, will result in a much more efficient car. If you’re extra earth friendly, a hybrid model may also be on the table.
Check out the spy photos here.
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Not only will this Malibu be a stunner inside and out, it will be here in 2015. Guaranteed.
It does look like an improvement, as much as we can see anyway. That fastback roofline looks great. I just hope they can manage to still have good rear seat headroom.
It has to be less boring, which will help. And I sure hope they are getting rid of the homely square tail lights.
I don’t know if I like it. It looks like GM is trying to copy the Fusion and 6. I bought the Malibu because I absolutely hate the Fusion. The 6 isn’t bad, but I don’t buy foreign appliances. If this looks anything like an Audi A7, I guarantee that I won’t even bother to test drive it. I’m guessing that this will ride on GM’s new E2XX Platform and I hope weight is dramatically decreased. I expect VVT, SIDI, and IVVL on all engines including Stop/Start and Active Grille Shutters.
1.6t eAssist I4 with 215HP and 225LB-FT (48 City / 44 Highway)
2.5L I4 with 205HP and 190LB-FT (29 City / 42 Highway)
2.0t I4 with 280HP and 300LB-FT (25 City / 37 Highway)
2.3CDTi I4 with 210HP and 330LB-FT (31 City / 50 Highway)
9-Speed Automatic (W/ A Slapstick)
A 2.5 turbo with 350 HP kind of like the 1968 Malibu with a hipo 350 back in the day.