The 2022 Chevy Malibu is set to discontinue to the base-model L trim level, making the LS the new entry-level variant going forward.
Compared to the L trim level, the 2022 Chevy Malibu LS includes (relevant RPO code listed in parentheses):
- Teen Driver mode (TDM)
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capability (VV4)
- Buckle to Drive (T8Z)
- Outside temperature display
- Covered driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
Additionally, the following optional extras are available on the 2022 Chevy Malibu LS, but were not available on the now-discontinued L trim (relevant RPO code listed in parentheses):
- Remote vehicle starter system (BTV)
- Driver Confidence 1 Cloth Package (PDM)
- Driver Confidence I & II Package (PDN)
- All LPO-level (installed by dealer) items and accessories
To note, the Chevy Malibu L was only available with the Dark Atmosphere / Medium Ash Gray interior color combo, whereas the LS is also available in Jet Black. What’s more, the L was only offered in two exterior paint options, namely Silver Ice Metallic (GAN) and Summit White (GAZ).
The 2022 Chevy Malibu isn’t the only Chevrolet model to drop the base L trim level for the 2022 model year. As GM Authority covered previously, the 2022 Chevy Equinox also drops the base-level L, once again making the LS the new entry-level trim for the 2022 model year.
For now, the future of the Chevy Malibu nameplate remains uncertain, as GM Authority has learned that the Malibu sedan will likely be dropped following the 2023 model year. The Chevy Malibu is currently in its ninth generation, receiving a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, and only a few minor changes for the 2021 model year.