Some units of the 2022 Chevy Malibu that would normally come equipped with heated and ventilated seats will have those features deleted as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.
Starting December 10th, certain units of the 2022 Chevy Malibu LT and Premier will not come equipped with heated front seats. Additionally, certain units of the 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier will not come equipped with ventilated front seats and heated outboard seats. Note that not all units produced will have these two features deleted.
As GM Authority covered previously, General Motors has been forced to cut comfort features like heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels from models across its lineup as it grapples with the ongoing global microchip shortage, including vehicles from Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC. Check out GM Authority’s past coverage for a more in-depth look at which models are affected by the deletion of certain features.
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Heated Front Seats||Ventilated Front Seats||Heated Outboard Rear Seats||Heated Steering Wheel|
|Chevrolet Blazer||2LT, 3LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Blazer||RS, Premier||Some units||X1||X1||X2|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT, Z71, ZR2||All units||X1|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT||All units||X1|
|Chevrolet Equinox||LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Equinox||Premier||Some units||X1||X1|
|Chevrolet Malibu||LT, Premier||Some units||X4|
|Chevrolet Malibu||Premier||Some units||X4||X4|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, High Country||Some units||X1||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LTZ, High Country||All units||X5|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ||All units||X3|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LT, LTZ||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LT, LTZ||All units||X3|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ, High Country||Some units||X6|
|Chevrolet Suburban||LT, RST, Z71, Premier||Some units||X3|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||LT, RST, Z71, Premier||Some units||X3|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer||LT, Activ, RS||Some units||X1||X2|
|Chevrolet Traverse||LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Traverse||LT Leather, RS, Premier||Some units||X2|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier, High Country||Some units||X1|
- Feature made unavailable as of November 15 production
- Feature made unavailable as of November 22 production
- Feature made unavailable as of December 6 production
- Feature made unavailable as of December 10 production
- Feature unavailable since beginning of 2022 model year production
- Feature unavailable since late July 2021 production
While the deletion of heated seats and ventilated seats from certain units of the 2022 Chevy Malibu may impact customers’ decision to buy the sedan, it was previously reported that General Motors will retrofit these two features on affected models as soon as next year. Additionally, General Motors will cover the cost of the retrofit for each affected vehicle, as well as provide a $50 credit.
The 2022 Chevy Malibu is the seventh model year of the current ninth generation, arriving with a few changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year. The sedan also received a refresh for the 2019 model year. Engine options include 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. The 1.5L I4 LFV connects to a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT), whereas the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Under the skin, the Malibu rides on the GM E2 platform. Production takes place at the GM Fairfax facility in Kansas.