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Chevrolet spied testing the 2019 Malibu

Chevrolet spied testing the 2019 Malibu
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Wednesday 22 November 2017, 13:03 PM

Chevrolet was spotted testing a fleet of Malibu sedans in the southern Spain. The mid-size sedans were heavily cladded meaning GM is preparing a proper mid-life update for the Malibu.

Currently in its ninth generation, the Malibu was introduced in 2015. So it is a fairly new car and was not in any need of an update. The extensive cladding hints at a more than subtle cosmetic update. The headlights are covered completely which means a complete redesign of the current sleek units. The DRLs and possibly the grille will also be redone with the new update.

Over the back, the tail lights seem to be retained but we expect a new lightning signature when it arrives. The entire rear is cladded and appears to have received some additional trims and a fresh design. Overall the new Malibu will appear a lot more updated than the newly launched Opel Insignia.

Under the skin, things will remain unchanged. The cabin and feature list will get subtle updates like the new MyLink infotainment system. However, there are rumours that GM might offer the new frugal 1.6-litre turbodiesel in the Malibu which currently powers the smaller Cruze sedan. The four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5-litre and 2.-litre motors will continue to power the American sedan. The nine-speed automatic introduced earlier this year should carry over, as well as the Malibu hybrid model.

The new and updated Malibu will be revealed next year probably at the Detroit Motor Show.


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