Since GM restarted production of the 2022 Chevy Malibu on November 1st at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility the automaker has provided dealers with the following trim levels it recommends they order the midsize sedan per documents seen by GM Authority:
- RS: 32 percent
- LT: 58 percent
- Premier: 10 percent
Having received a midcycle refresh for the 2019 model year, the 2022 Chevy Malibu introduced 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 is the deletion of the base 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 include the deletion of two exterior paint colors, namely Shadow Gray Metallic and Black Cherry Metallic, while Mineral Gray Metallic and Dark Ash Metallic colors will join the paint options list. 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, as the base engine. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, remains the optional up-market engine.
Malibu sales have plummeted as of late, decreasing to nearly non-existent levels during the third quarter of 2021.
Sales Numbers - Midsize Mainstream Sedans - Q3 2021 - United States
|MODEL||Q3 21 / Q3 20||Q3 21||Q3 20||Q3 21 SHARE||Q3 20 SHARE||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20|
In fact, the Malibu outsold only three cars during the third quarter of 2021, including the Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200 and Kia Optima. Incidentally, all three models have been discontinued.