2022 Chevy Malibu Heated Seat Retrofits Under Way1
GM resolved the constraint on heated front seats, ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats for the 2022 Chevy Malibu in May, allowing these features to return to the mid-size sedan’s order books. The automaker has now begun to retrofit these features in vehicles that were built without them before the constraint was resolved, GM Authority has learned, with affected vehicles being serviced through a Customer Satisfaction Program.
Heated front seats for the 2022 Chevy Malibu (RPO code KA1) are usually included as standard on the LT and Premier trim levels, and are not offered on the LS or RS trims. Meanwhile, ventilated front seats (RPO KU9) and heated outboard rear seats (RPO KA6) are both equipped as standard on 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier trims, but are not offered for LS, RS, or LT trim levels at all. Through this customer satisfaction program, vehicles that were supposed to have these features will have them installed at the dealership free of charge.
Engine options for the 2022 Chevy Malibu 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 continuously variable transmission (CVT), whereas the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG connects to the GM 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.
The 2023 model-year Chevy Malibu ditches the 2.0L engine and the range-topping Premier level becomes the 2LT, as GM Authority reported previously, and introduces a revised list of available paint options. Production of the 2023 Malibu will kick off in Kansas on September 7th, 2022.
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It would be helpful to know exactly how the retrofit is accomplished. Take out seats, replace an updated module, software?