The 2022 Chevy Malibu is set to arrive as the seventh model year of the latest ninth-generation vehicle. Among the changes and updates for the 2022 model year is the discontinuation of two exterior paint options.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu is set to drop Shadow Gray Metallic and Black Cherry Metallic from the exterior colors list. Shadow Gray Metallic is tagged with paint code GJI, while Black Cherry Metallic is tagged with paint code GLR. Both colors were available on all trim levels with the exception of the base Malibu L, and in conjunction with all interior colors combinations.
Notably, Shadow Gray Metallic and Black Cherry Metallic are built out for the 2021 model year, which means they are no longer available to order for the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu.
As GM Authority has covered previously, the 2022 Chevy Malibu is also set to discontinue the base-model L trim level, just like the 2022 Chevy Equinox, making the 2022 Chevy Malibu LS the new entry-level trim going forward. Additionally, the 2022 Chevy Malibu will come equipped with an electronic parking brake as standard across the lineup. For the sake of the comparison, the 2021 Malibu is equipped with a manual parking brake as standard, while an electronic brake is offered on the Premier trim level.
The Chevrolet Malibu is one of the last remaining General Motors sedans still available in the U.S., with the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 offered as the only other GM four-doors for the U.S. market.
At the moment, the future of the Chevy Malibu nameplate remains uncertain. As GM Authority reported previously, the Malibu sedan will likely get the axe following the 2023 model year.
For now at least, the Chevy Malibu is offered with two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine producing 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine producing 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.