Even though it’s getting harder and harder to find a Bow Tie-branded sedan these days, the Chevrolet Malibu is holding steady with a selection of changes and updates for the 2020 model year. Included in the list of what’s new and different is a revised front fascia for the sporty RS trim level.
The biggest difference between the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS and the preceding 2019 model year is the front grille surround. Unlike the all-black surround found in the 2019 model-year vehicle, the 2020 model year adds a chrome surround that makes a huge difference in terms of aesthetics.
Indeed, with a shiny new grille surround, the 2020 model-year car gains a more premium appearance, with elegant lines that run from the headlamp lighting accents down into the geometric grille section. The signature lighting lower in the bumper complements the look as well, paralleling the outer edge of the grille.
By contrast, the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu’s all-black grille section gives the front end a broader aesthetic, without any clear division between the upper and lower intake sections. To our eyes, the look is sportier on the 2019 model-year car, and more high-end/premium on the 2020 car.
However, both models sport the same black grille insert, with a descending chevron design that stretches from side to side.
In addition to the new fascia design, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu also comes with a new design for the standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, gaining a broader split-five-spoke design compared to the Y-spoke design seen previously.
Mechanically, the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu RS is once again equipped with the turbocharged 1.5L LFV four-cylinder engine, which is tuned to produce 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).