The online configurator tool for the 2022 Chevy Malibu has gone live on Chevrolet.com, allowing shoppers to build their own version of the long-running mid-size sedan.
General Motors introduced minor changes and updates to the Malibu for the 2022 model year. The automaker deleted two available exterior colors, Shadow Gray Metallic and Black Cherry Metallic, replacing them with Mineral Gray Metallic and Dark Ash Metallic. The 16-inch aluminum wheels (RPO QC7) are also now available to order on the LT trim level. These wheels were only standard on RS models in 2021. The majority of other changes include deleted options and equipment packages, the full list of which can be viewed at this link.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu will continue to offer two engine options going forward, 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. A CVT transmission is standard in all models except the Premier, which has a GM nine-speed automatic.
We used the newly launched configurator to create a 2022 Chevy Malibu of our own. This example model is an RS finished in the new-for-2022 Mineral Gray Metallic exterior color and featuring the 1.5L LFV engine. The only option is the combined Driver Confidence I & II package, which costs $1,095 and adds the following equipment:
- Rear Park Assist
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- IntelliBeam auto high beams
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Following Distance Indicator
- Forward Collision Alert
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
This 2022 Chevy Malibu would ring in at $26,490, including a $995 destination and freight charge.
As GM reported previously, no Chevy Malibu units have been produced so far in 2021. The GM Fairfax Assembly plant, which produces both the Malibu and Cadillac XT4 crossover, was idled on February 8th due to a shortage of semiconductor chips and has yet to come back online. Production of the Cadillac XT4 will begin on September 20th, but a restart date for the Malibu has yet to be determined.