The brand revealed the 2019 Malibu online this Friday and highlighted a new RS trim that hauls in sportier appointments and value. The 2019 Malibu RS features 18-inch wheels, a black sport grille, black bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler and a dual-outlet exhaust to jazz up the exterior design.
For all 2019 Malibus, the new grille is the centerpiece of the refresh. The grille features a larger lower portion and foregoes the old car’s horizontal style lines in favor of more angular ones. The headlights now sit integrated to the grille itself as well. At the rear, a new fascia pushes the exhaust outlets further to create a wider stance and new taillights emphasize a more “dramatic” take on the dual-element design cue. The entire look makes for a more fluid shape when comparing the 2019 Malibu to the outgoing model.
No word on a diesel powertrain as we speculated, but the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now paired with a CVT. The Premier trim still sports a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic.
Other new features include a standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, an eight-inch reconfigurable driver information center on the Premier model, standard heated seats on the Premier, and a back-up camera is now standard for the base Malibu L trim.
A slew of new wheel designs and additional exterior colors round out the 2019 Malibu refresh.
Chevrolet didn’t discuss pricing for the entire lineup, but the 2019 Malibu RS will be a value play. Chevy will price the model around $25,000 between the LS and LT trims when the refreshed Malibu goes on sale this fall.