The latest ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu was introduced for the 2016 model year, with the current 2021 Chevy Malibu offering up a few minor updates and changes. Among these is the addition of a new Sport Edition package, as featured in the following first photo.
The model featured in the first photo here is covered in Summit White paint, which shows off the black accents nicely. The contrast between these two colors enhances the sedan’s clean, crisp lines, giving is a more aggressive, yet premium appearance.
As we covered previously, the new Sport Edition package offered on the 2021 Chevy Malibu is optional on LT trim levels, and includes the following features:
- Nameplate badge finished in Black
- Black front and rear Bow Tie badges
- Blacked-out grille
- 19-inch Black-painted aluminum wheels
- 245/40R19 all-season tires
The Sport Edition package requires Jet Black for the interior color, and is available in conjunction with every exterior color with the exception of Mosaic Black Metallic.
Interestingly, the 2021 Chevy Malibu Sport Edition package is essentially identical to the Midnight Edition package introduced with the 2020 model year Malibu. However, while the Sport Edition package is available with all exterior colors except Mosaic Black Metallic, the Midnight Edition package is only for models in Mosaic Black Metallic. In other words, the new Sport Edition package expands the Midnight Edition package to include non-black paint colors.
The Sport Edition package also joins the Redline Edition package on the 2021 Chevy Malibu options list, with the Redline Edition Package adding in black badging with a red outline, black Bow Ties, 19-inch wheels with red hash marks, 245/40R19 tires, a blacked-out grille, black sideview mirror caps, and Redline mirror decals.
Unfortunately, the Chevrolet Malibu’s future is uncertain. As we’ve covered previously, General Motors will likely drop the nameplate outright following the 2023 model year, as Chevrolet Malibu sales have dropped off considerably in the last several years.
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