The 2023 Chevy Malibu arrives as the eighth model year for the current ninth generation, debuting a handful of updates and changes compared to the 2022 model year. Now, the 2023 Chevy Malibu is available to spec via the official online configurator at Chevrolet’s website.
Perhaps the most important update introduced for the 2023 model year is a revised trim level lineup. As GM Authority exclusively covered early last month, the 2023 Chevy Malibu no longer offers the Premier trim level. Rather, the range-topping Premier trim has been repackaged as the 2LT trim, the latter of which loses a few features compared to the previous 2022 Chevy Malibu Premier, including Heated rear outboard seats (RPO code KA6), Bright sill plates (RPO code B7T), and Power Outside mirrors with integrated turn signals (RPO code DWK).
What’s more, the 2023 Chevy Malibu is no longer offered with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine and GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L I4 LTG and GM 9-speed were previously offered as the exclusive engine and transmission combination for the Premier trim level, but with the departure of the Premier, the 2.0L I4 LTG and GM 9-speed are also no longer available.
Instead, the 2023 Chevy Malibu is exclusively offered with the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine and MRG continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), an engine and transmission combination that was previously offered across the 2022 model-year trim level lineup, with the exception of the Premier.
For reference, maximum output from the 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.
Other notable updates for the 2023 model year include new exterior paint options, with Radiant Red Tintcoat (paint code GNT), Riverside Blue Metallic (paint code GKK), and Sterling Gray Metallic (paint code GXD) all joining the list, and Cherry Red Tintcoat (paint code GSK), Northsky Blue Metallic (paint code GA0), and Silver Ice Metallic (paint code GAN) no longer offered.
As GM Authority recently covered, the 2023 Chevy Malibu also introduces a $1,300 price increase.