The 2023 Chevy Malibu is the eighth model year of the ninth-generation nameplate, introducing a handful of updates and changes as compared to the preceding 2022 model year. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2023 Chevy Malibu will no longer offer the Premier trim level, nor will it offer the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine and GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
According to GM Authority sources, the Premier trim level will be repackaged as the 2LT trim level with the introduction of the 2023 Chevy Malibu. Previously, the 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier was offered as the range-topping trim of the lineup, as well the only Malibu trim available with the 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine and GM 9-speed automatic transmission. As GM Authority covered back in May, the 2022 Chevy Malibu had an early build-out date for the 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine, and given the LTG was the only engine available for the 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier, the Premier trim level also had an early build-out date.
Now, with the Premier trim level repackaged as the 2LT trim level for the 2023 model year, the 2023 Chevy Malibu 2LT will be available exclusively with the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine, mating with the MRG continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), a combo previously offered for the rest of the 2022-model-year lineup (every trim level except Premier).
Additionally, the new 2023 Chevy Malibu 2LT will lose some features compared to the previous 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier. These include Heated rear outboard seats (RPO code KA6), Bright sill plates (RPO code B7T), and Power outside mirrors with integrated turn signals (DWK).
For the sake of comparison, turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine is rated at 163 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 184 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm, while the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine is rated at 250 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.