Certain Chevy models are currently being produced without hood insulation due to an ongoing supplier shortage, including the Chevy Colorado, Silverado and Camaro. Now, GM Authority has learned this shortage has also applied to the 2023 Chevy Malibu since June 1st, 2022 production, as some units were built without hood insulation.
All 2023 Chevy Malibu models affected by this shortage will have a window sticker indicating they do not come with under hood insulation, a build specification that carries RPO code R6N. It’s unclear if buyers of affected Chevy vehicles will be eligible to receive a cash credit in exchange for the component, or if it can be retrofitted by dealerships at a later date.
GM simplified the 2023 Chevy Malibu order book as it prepares to phase this model out of its lineup in 2024. For starters, the sedan’s Premier trim level is renamed the 2LT, while its turbocharged 2.0L I4 LTG gasoline engine and GM 9-speed automatic transmission are replaced with the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine and MRG continuously variable automatic transmission. The 2023MY Chevy Malibu also ditches the Cherry Red Tintcoat, Northsky Blue Metallic and Silver Ice Metallic exterior colors, with Radiant Red Tintcoat, Riverside Blue Metallic and Sterling Gray Metallic arriving in their stead. It sticks with the same front-wheel-drive based GM E2 platform.
Production of the 2023 Chevy Malibu began at the GM Fairfax plant on September 7th, as we reported previously. In addition to the Malibu, the Fairfax plant also handles production of the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover.