Though Chevy officially revealed the 2019 Malibu back in April, we have not seen the refreshed sedan in the wild (on the road)… until now. So, we caught up to a tester model as it was undergoing final validation testing to get a better look, and took a plethora of pictures, which we’re bringing to you here.
This particular 2019 Malibu is the LT trim level coated in Mosaic Black Metallic (paint code GB8).
The 2019 Malibu gets a restyled front fascia consisting of redesigned grilles, headlamps, daytime running lights and surrounding bumper cover.
The headlamps are now integrated with the upper grille with significantly more chrome than before. The lower grille is notably larger and also features greater use of chrome.
Coming back to the topic of headlamps: this 2019 Malibu LT seems to continue using regular halogen lamps. The range-topping Premier model, however, features LED units.
Chevy says that the changes to the front fascia deliver a more powerful presence to the midsize sedan.
Chevy didn’t make any side profile changes to the 2019 Malibu. However, the revised front and rear ends are somewhat visible as they wrap around to the sides.
In addition, the tester model seen here is wearing a new set of wheels that feature a double five-spoke design. Though we can’t read the size of the rubber the wheels are wrapped in, they do look like they’re 17s.
Notably, Chevrolet has previously told us that the 2019 Malibu will feature new wheel designs in multiple sizes, including 16-, 17- and 18-inches.
The 2019 Malibu new rear fascia starts with new dual-element LED taillamps. Standard on LT and Premier models, the new taillamps deliver a more dramatic execution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-element design.
The new tailliamps are complemented by a new rear valance that pushes the dual-exhaust outlets farther toward the corners, something that Chevy says emphasizes the car’s width.
The CHMSL remains untouched, which is not much of a surprise given that it already looks striking on current models.
Though we can’t see the interior from this photo set, we do know that the 2019 Malibu receives a new 8-inch reconfigurable color driver information center (DIC) as well as the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 with a new, standard 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen radio. A new available navigation radio is available.
Additionally, the rear-view camera is added to the Malibu L trim for the 2019 model year, while the Malibu Premier adds rear heated outboard seats.
Under The Hood
The 2019 Malibu is available with three engine choices:
- Malibu L, LS, RS and LT are powered by the 1.5L Turbo I-4 LFV engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission, with the CVT being new for the 2019 model year.
- The Premier is powered by the 2.0L Turbo I-4 LTG engine mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
- The Malibu Hybrid is powered by a hybrid propulsion system comprised of a 1.8L I-4 engine (RPO code LKN) mated to a 50 kW Hybrid Propulsion Electric engine (RPO code HP4) driving a two-motor automatic drive unit, which sends power to the front wheels; an 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the hybrid system.
Availability & Pricing
The 2019 Malibu goes on sale in the fall of 2018.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but is expected to stay close to the $21,680 starting price of the 2018 model.
About Chevrolet Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan sold in most markets where Chevrolet has a business presence. It is currently Chevrolet’s second-largest sedan in the U.S. and Canada, slotting above the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic and compact Chevrolet Cruze but under the full-size Chevrolet Impala.
The 2019 model year represents the fourth year of production of the ninth-gen Malibu, for which the vehicle received a midcycle enhancement, otherwise known as a facelift or refresh consisting of revised exterior styling, a new RS trim level, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for L, LS, LT and RS models, a new infotainment system, and a new 8-inch reconfigurable driver information center (DIC), among a other new features.
The Chevrolet Malibu is produced across the following three GM plants globally:
- GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, USA – supplying the Americas
- GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea – supplying Eurasia
- Shanghai GM Jinqiao North in China (GM China) – supplying China
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