Production of the Chevy Malibu will once again take place at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas. The facility is also responsible for production of the Cadillac XT4 crossover, which is currently at full production capacity.
Looking ahead, production of the 2022 Chevy Malibu is expected to ramp up in December, with the 2022 Chevy Malibu online configurator going live in September. Meanwhile, production of the 2022 Cadillac XT4 will begin November 8th.
Production of the Chevy Malibu was halted in February as General Motors came to grips with the ongoing global microchip shortage, prioritizing available chip supplies for its full-size trucks and SUVs. At that time, the GM Fairfax Assembly plant was idled completely, cutting production of both the Malibu and the Cadillac XT4. Production of the XT4 was originally set to restart in September, but that date was pushed back as the microchip shortage continued to drag on.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu is poised to introduce just a few minor changes compared to the previous 2021 model year, including alterations to the options list and trim level structure. Among the changes are deletion of the base-model L trim level, designating the LS trim as the entry-level model in the lineup. Additionally, an electronic parking brake will be included as standard across the model line.
Further updates will include the deletion of two exterior paint colors, namely Shadow Gray Metallic and Black Cherry Metallic, while Mineral Gray Metallic and Dark Ash Metallic will join the paint options lineup. Various dealer-installed options will also be removed from the list for the 2022 model year, such as the cargo area organizer, sport pedal kit, and inside rear window sunshade.
Under the hood, the 2022 Chevy Malibu will continue to offer two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine, rated at 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.