The recent debut of the 2024 Hyundai Sonata’s design revealed the type of competition GM’s Chevy Malibu will soon face from the South Korean automaker.
The newly unveiled 2024 Hyundai Sonata design is a heavily refreshed and updated version of the Sonata’s eighth generation, originally launched in 2019. The physical vehicle will be put on display at the Seoul Mobility Show starting on March 30th in Seoul, South Korea.
The 2024 Hyundai Sonata features a reworked exterior including more aggressive styling the company says expresses its concept of “The Sportiness.” Specific exterior design changes include a longer hood, a widened, low-slung front end, and a wide, bold grille and air intake design. The sedan also features a fastback roofline and new lighting signatures.
Turning to the interior, the refreshed 2024 Sonata cabin incorporates a new dashboard, with a curved display housing the 12.3-inch driver instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment system touchscreen. New interior colorways are combined with futuristic lighting and design cues. Extra driver comfort is provided by a palm rest and the center console gains more space by moving the shift-by-wire controller to the steering column.
There is no word yet on the available powertrains for the 2024 Hyundai Sonata. The options are likely to remain the same as those from the 2023 model year. These include a base 2.5-liter gasoline engine, two available turbocharged gasoline engines, and a hybrid powertrain. The engines are married to several versions of Hyundai’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, GM has scheduled the 2024 Chevy Malibu start of regular production (SORP) for June 21st, 2023. The 2024 Malibu will not introduce significant changes relative to the 2023 model year.
GM discontinued the Premier trim level for the 2023 Chevy Malibu, reducing engine choices to one, the turbocharged 1.5L I4 LFV gasoline engine rated at 163 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with the GM continuously variable automatic transmission (RPO code MRG).
GM is planning the launch of sedan’s tenth generation with the 2025 Chevy Malibu, GM Authority exclusively learned in December. The new model will sit on the larger D/E variant of the GM VSS-F platform and is likely to introduce other changes as well.
The General is also developing a Chevrolet Low-Roof EV in a sedan or fastback configuration as a possible Malibu replacement. This new non-crossover EV appears to be meant only for the Chinese market, at least initially.
Production of the Chevy Malibu takes place at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City.