The mainstream midsize vehicle segment has heated up over the last few years, with existing stalwarts becoming stronger and several shining stars emerging to take a piece of the 2.2-million vehicle per year segment. In that regard, Chevrolet knows that it needs the 2016 Malibu to be a success in order to return Chevy to the car game and bolster sales.
Luckily, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu seems to (mostly) have everything it needs to return as a competitive alternative in the crowded mid-size sedan segment. Part of the new formula is saying goodbye to the LTZ trim level, and welcoming the new Premier trim to take over the Malibu’s fully-loaded duties.
The move is similar to Ford introducing the Titanium trim on its high-end vehicles, ushering in the most luxurious features we’ve seen in a Chevrolet Malibu to date while conveying its purpose much better than LTZ. The more we think about it, the more we realize that the trim provides a feeling of distance from the base L, better LS, and even better LT counterparts.
Specifically, the Malibu Premier trim level brings with it the following equipment:
- An eight-inch MyLink infotainment unit with navigation
- Heated and ventilated front seats, with the ventilated feature being a first for Malibu
- Wireless phone charging
Going forward, look for Chevrolet to replace the LTZ trim with the new Limited badge wherever on its future vehicle launches.