Following the introduction of the ninth-generation Chevy Malibu for the 2016 model year, the current 2021 Chevy Malibu brings a few minor changes and updates, including the addition of the Sport Edition package. Now, the new styling upgrade can be found on the 2021 Chevy Malibu configurator, giving us a better look at what it has to offer.
GM Authority was the first to show off the new 2021 Chevy Malibu Sport Edition back in July, providing a preview of the package and its various aesthetics upgrades.
The Sport Edition package is offered on the LT trim level, and comes with the following content:
- 19-inch Black-painted aluminum wheels
- 245/40R19 all-season tires
- Nameplate badge finished in Black
- Blacked-out grille
- Black front and rear Bow Tie badges
The Sport Edition package can be added to any exterior color in the 2021 Chevy Malibu paint options list, with the exception of Mosaic Black Metallic. The only interior color available with the package is Jet Black.
The 2021 Chevy Malibu Sport Edition featured here is finished in Cherry Red Tintcoat, which provides a nice offset to the package’s dark trim and detailing.
To note, the 2021 Chevy Malibu Sport Edition is more or less identical to the Midnight Edition package, introduced on the 2020 Malibu, in terms of content. However, the Midnight Edition is only offered in conjunction with Mosaic Black Metallic paint, whereas the Sport Edition is offered in conjunction with all exterior colors except Mosaic Black Metallic. As such, the Sport Edition package essentially expands the content of the Midnight Edition package to non-black paint finishes.
For now, the future of the Chevy Malibu nameplate remains uncertain. The Malibu is one of just three new General Motors sedan models sold in the U.S., and it’s likely the automaker will drop the Malibu outright after the 2023 model year.