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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teased, Debuts at New York Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/4/2015 Jake Holmes
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An all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will make its debut at the upcoming 2015 New York auto show, and this teaser photo gives us our first look at the car's overall shape. Chevrolet says the 2016 Malibu rides on a new chassis, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase than today's car, improving interior space and legroom.

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The general profile of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu shown in the teaser photo appears to have more expressive styling, with a more graceful, coupe-like roofline sweeping downward toward the rear. The sedan's nose is also more rounded. In December 2014, General Motors global design chief Ed Welburn reportedly told investors the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu would have a, "very passionate design" that would "make a significant statement."

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Big changes are in store beneath the sheetmetal, too, with increased use of high-strength steel set to cut the curb weight of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu by a claimed 300 pounds. That would put the new car's weight at around 3,000-3,300 pounds. Reports suggest the car could ditch its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in favor of a smaller turbocharged powertrain, possibly a 1.4-liter unit shared with the Sonic and Cruze or a 2.0-liter turbo from Buick and Cadillac, to help improve fuel economy.

The current Chevrolet Malibu was not an instant success when it launched for the 2013 model year, leading to an emergency refresh in 2014 that was supposed to jump-start sales. Last year, the Chevrolet Malibu sold 188,519 units, putting it behind the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry in the midsize sedan segment.

GM plans to divulge more details on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu every week until the car is fully revealed at the New York show in April. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is scheduled to go on sale by the end of this year.

Source: Chevrolet

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