Dropping in as the eighth model year for the current ninth-generation nameplate, the 2023 Chevy Malibu ushers in a variety of important changes and updates compared to the preceding 2022 model year. Among these, GM Authority has learned, is the deletion of three exterior paint options.
According to GM Authority sources, the 2023 Chevy Malibu will delete the following exterior paint options (relevant paint codes listed in parentheses):
- Cherry Red Tintcoat (GSK)
- Northsky Blue Metallic (GA0)
- Silver Ice Metallic (GAN)
Previously, the 2022 Chevy Malibu offered Cherry Red for the LT, RS, and Premier trim levels, but not the LS. Pricing for the paint upgrade was set at $495. Additionally, Northsky Blue was available for LT and Premier trims, but was not offered for LS or RS trims.
Looking ahead, the 2023 Chevy Malibu will replace these three outgoing paint colors with three new hues, specifically:
- Radiant Red Tintcoat (GNT)
- Riverside Blue Metallic (GKK)
- Sterling Gray Metallic (GXD)
Radiant Red will be available for RS, 1LT, and the new 2LT trim level, priced at $495. Finally, Riverside Blue and Sterling Gray will both be available across the 2023 Malibu trim level lineup.
As GM Authority covered previously, the 2023 Chevy Malibu will also drop the Premier trim level outright, repackaging it as the new 2LT trim level. The Premier trim was previously offered as the range-topper of the lineup, and was also the only trim level to equip the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine and GM 9-speed automatic transmission. By contrast, the new 2LT trim will be available exclusively with the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine, which will mate to the MRG continuously variable automatic transmission. As such, the 2.0L I4 LTG and GM 9-speed automatic will be deleted from the Chevy Malibu lineup with the 2023 model year. As a reminder, the 2022 Chevy Malibu already had an early build-out date for the LTG engine and 9-speed transmission, as GM Authority covered previously.
Moving forward, the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine is rated at 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Chevy Malibu rides on the GM E2 platform, while production for the 2023 model-year is set to kick off at the GM Fairfax plant in September.