The ninth-generation Malibu has a difficult task of competing with the likes of Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. However, Chevy’s mid-size sedan comes as a solid contender in this hotly contested segment. Receiving a full redesign for 2016, the ongoing Malibu boasts a fresh and appealing exterior styling. As for the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, expect it to get new wheel designs and fresh exterior colors. Moreover, rumor has it that the popular sedan could also benefit from improved infotainment and safety features. Unofficial sources suggest that the subtly refreshed model could go on sale in the second half of 2017.
2018 Chevy Malibu Design
In terms of exterior styling, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu will resemble other sedans in the brand’s lineup. For instance,expect it to share much of its features with the 2018 Chevy Impala. Thanks to the use of high-strength steel, the new Malibu is longer and lighter than its predecessor. It features a lower nose and a much more dynamic stance compared to its previous iterations. Upper trim levels make this car look premium thanks to LED daytime running lights and super-bright HID headlights.
The interior design of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu offers both functionality and esthetics. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system combines physical knobs and buttons with big icons. While the front seats offer great comfort for any body size, the rear bench could use a bit more headroom. The entry-level Malibu L offers only basics such as cruise control, air conditioning and an AM/FM radio. However, the LS model gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 7-inch MyLink infotainment system. Expect also some of the high-tech safety features that have previously been optional to become standard equipment.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Engine Specs
Standard versions of the 2018 Chevy Malibu will use a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This frugal engine currently delivers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Higher-end models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of twist. A 9-speed automatic transmission conveys the engine’s power to the front wheels. The recently introduced hybrid model uses a 1.8-liter four-banger and two electric motors. The system’s combined output is rated at 182 ponies and 277 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Malibu Pricing
We don’t expect the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu to stray far from the outgoing model when it comes to pricing. The entry-level Malibu L should once again start close to $22,500, with the Premier model beginning at around $32,000.