One of the changes to the 2022 Chevy Malibu will include the standard fitment of an electronic parking brake across the range, GM Authority has learned.
|Model||Parking Brake Type||L||LS||LS||RS||LT||Premier|
- Included and only available with Enhanced Driver Confidence Package.
A manual parking brake is standard on the 2021 Chevy Malibu on all trim levels. An electronic brake is offered on the Premier version, but only with the Enhanced Driver Confidence Package (RPO code PDP). For the 2022 Chevy Malibu, GM has abandoned the manual brake entirely, replacing it with the electronic item in all cases.
This does not apply to the base L trim level. As GM Authority exclusively reported a few days ago, that trim level will be dropped for the 2022 model year. The same policy is being applied to the 2022 Chevy Equinox crossover, where LS becomes the new base trim, as it does for the Malibu.
The Chevy Malibu is the last remaining sedan model in Chevy’s U.S. portfolio, and one of only three still produced by General Motors. The others are the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 luxury sedans, including the high-performance V-Series and ultra-high-performance Cadillac Blackwing derivatives. As exclusively reported in June of last year here at GM Authority, the Malibu’s future is uncertain and the model will be dropped after the 2023 model year.
While it lasts, the Malibu will continue to be built at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas, the GM Bupyeong factory in South Korea and the GM Jinqiao facility in China. Each of the three plants supplies its own domestic market.
Introduced for the 2016 model year, the current-generation Malibu rides on the GM E2 platform. The midsize sedan available with two turbocharged gasoline engines – the 1.5L I4 LFV, which produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the 2.0L I4 LTG, which makes 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic gearbox.