2022 Chevy Malibu Gets Early LTG Engine Build Out20
The 2022 Chevy Malibu arrives as the seventh model year of the current ninth-generation nameplate, ushering in just a handful of changes and updates over the 2021 model year. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2022 Chevy Malibu’s turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine option will get an early build-out date.
For those readers who may be unaware, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine is one of two powertrain options currently available for the 2022 Chevy Malibu, the other being the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine. The 2.0L I4 LTG is rated at 250 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, while the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine is rated at 160 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 184 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm.
The turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine is currently only available with the Premier trim level with regard to the 2022 Chevy Malibu lineup. The Premier is not offered with the 1.5L I4 LFV. As such, the 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier will not be available to order for as long as the LS, RS, and LT trim levels.
It’s unclear at this point if the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine will once again be available to order for the 2023 Chevy Malibu.
To note, the 2.0L LTG engine connects to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.5L LFV engine connects to the GM continuously variable CVT (MRG) transmission, with both configurations driving the front wheels exclusively.
In further build-out news regarding to the 2022 Chevy Malibu, the sedan’s Northsky Blue Metallic paint (paint code GA0) will also soon be unavailable to order. The build-out for Northsky Blue Metallic paint follows two other Chevy Malibu colors that were recently built-out for the 2022 model year, including Silver Ice Metallic (paint code GAN) and Cherry Red Tintcoat (paint code GSK), as GM Authority covered previously.
As a reminder, 2022 Chevy Malibu production for the North American market takes place at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City, while under the skin, the sedan rides on the GM E2 platform.
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Sad to say but ICE Malibu is ‘dead man walking’.
Had a 2011 ‘bu that was a good vehicle; replaced with a 2018 Equinox
I’ll be so glad when these things are gone. It’s not a REAL Malibu and it’s a stark reminder of “the old GM” with all its bland boring FWD cars. Technically this car will still be here, just with more capability and rebranded as a crossover. Sedans may make a comeback once everything is electric, but if I have to buy an economy car (unibody transverse engine), I might as well get one that sits up higher, has more storage space, and has AWD availability.
Bring back the Impala, or Buick LaCrosse, what’s wrong with GM, loosing out to Toyota, Malibu is second rater
I challenge this statement. I do a lot of work traveling, and Malibu VS Camry, Malibu all day. For all that is said about a “cheap interior” should go try a Nissan or yota. Those…. Are… cheap… interiors. It’s one of the better one in class. It’s chassis/engine tuning is a step above the Camry. It’s way more intuitive in all aspects.
I have no idea how any of the big 3 can steal back Toyota/Honda buyers. Those people want Japanese cars and will pay 2X as much for a used one than a new ford/Chevy sedan. I think GM’s strategy is to tell these buyers that they need an SUV and are offering a crossover at every price point. GM is the SUV brand and you can thank the suburban for that. It’s worked a little bit. Most current Chevy buyers are new to the brand and are picking up trucks and crossovers.
I agree. Chevy has no intention of putting any money into improving the Malibu. The only place GM is willing to invest in a sedan is the Cadillac brand. Trucks and SUVs are the only other types of vehicles being improved along with huge amounts of resources going for battery development. We had planned on replacing our Malibu with another one and also planned on getting the Premier because of the engine, transmission and other features. Now they will stop making them. We will be purchasing a 2023 Honda Touring when they come out. I want a company that actually is putting time research and money into improving their sedans.
GM fan: I agree. I find it completely disgusting how “Americans” pump so much money into the Japanese economy buying their average at best vehicles.
Jake: I agree with you. Although I have not owned any newer Japanese products (for very good reason), I ride in many of them from Nissans to Toyotas to Hondas and many more. With my work, I’m in Uber and Lyft rides a lot. The dealership I work at now also trades in many of them. They are absolutely NOT better than a Malibu. Now that I’ve owned a 2021 Malibu for about 4 months, I am quite impressed with it.
Just the other day I had a Lyft ride back in a 2021 Honda Accord and it was a longer ride. Very (VERY) noisy and sitting in the back gave me the chance to observe the interior materials both front and back. Very cheap. On top of that, the ride was not as good as my Malibu.
I own a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LT. I call her Whitney and I love that car to death and I actually plan on keeping it until it’s either in an accident or can’t run anymore. With that being said, I have no doubt that unfortunately the Ice Malibu we see now is probably going to go away. Also we better pray Chevrolet doesn’t make their entire lineup trucks, crossovers and SUVs just like Buick and GMC. Instead just introduce an ev Impala or Malibu. That’s just weird to have 3 of your company’s making the same thing. Overpriced at that. The only way I’m going to buy another GM is if I’m in the market for one of those types of cars or I have enough cash to spend on a Cadillac which is currently the only car company they are investing sedans into. So many better options than the current Malibu and they are putting effort into their sedans. The Camry, Kia k5, Hyundai Sonata, etc… one of The many reasons Toyota has taken over American car companies is because they were not so quick to kill of all their sedans. And instead made them and their entire lineup better, more appealing, and they all look good driving down the road. Something I thought I’d never say about Toyota.
The Malibu is underrated…I use to work at one of the rental car agency and the Chevy was no worst or better than the others
Here we go and so predictable. I stated that gm would find some lame excuse for killing off the 2.0 turbo and here we are. I’ll just bet that 2023 and 2024 are going to be rental favorite 1.5’s with no Premier even being available. Pathetic!