GM has announced the updated version for its 2017 Chevrolet Malibu car which is going to make its official appearance the coming year. With the rise of the competition and with dwindling sales, there was no choice for the company except to update the car and bring us a new version. The current model was introduced in 2012 but the sales were not as favorable as one would want them to be so the only choice was to bring some changes which would help fight the competition. The car was showcased for the first time at the New York Auto Show which showed us how the model was going to look like.
The early beginnings of the Malibu car are connected with the Chevelle model which as Malibu was a range topping model of the Chevelle from year 1964 to 1977. But Malibu went on to become a top selling badge by 1978 and at the same time has received its own model. But after the initial success the car was dropped in 1983 from production and returned in 1997 and in 2012 received its eight-generation model which it still uses. The major change for that year was that a Epsilon II platform was introduced for the vehicle that year.
The introduced updates for the 2017 version of the Chevrolet Malibu is aimed to turn the car a more upscale model. It is also supposed to make the car a more efficient alternative for the current rivaling models from the segment. There was also an announcement that they are going to introduced the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT version after the release date of the initial model. We have released the recent pictures and also devised the entire review for the car to show you what the changes are going to be for it.
2017 Chevrolet Malibu Exterior Changes
We can legitimately say that the exterior design of the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu may blow everybody away. The design is very sleek and sporty and also enhances the dimensions by being a bit longer and at the same time being far more elegant. The inspiration for this car was taken also from the Chevrolet Impala and by combining those features with the original cues from the Malibu we get an almost perfect combination for the upcoming car.
The Impala cues are seen in the changes made to the headlamps, front apron, the beltline creases that the car has added, the taillights and all in all brings an upscale appearance for the model. There are some unique features that have been incorporated, like the split-front grille. The taillight cluster in the back has also improved and its design get slimmer once you go towards the taillight cluster. The rear fascia is now much more aerodynamic and has a European kind of a style.
The newest model will be 2.3 inches longer than the current automobile and the wheelbase will be stretched bay 3.6 inches. This is also going to give the car a fresh and youthful appearance as well.
Interior Cues and Design
The improvements for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu continue on the inside. The previous car suffered from bad rear legroom spacing, although the entire interior was rather well-appointed and good looking. So with the expanded dimension they have managed to fix the interior comfort flaws which the car had and at the same time they were able to bring together a high-tech interior which is easy to use as well.
The center stack has been simplified as the new seven-inch color touchscreen helps you control much of the car and that way it removes all of the buttons and knobs which the model appointed. You can even get a eight-inch screen as a standard option for the higher trim levels of the car. The dashboard, although revised, will still have the wrap-around design and there is going to be a three-spoke steering wheel used with an updated layout of buttons.
The base models have added storage pockets on the center console while the Premier trims receive ventilated seats, which is used in the Malibu for the first time. The Premium, LT and Hybrid trims will also receive perforated leather seating surfaces as standard. The car also has a substantial safety set and this year adds the Teen Driver feature as a new one.
Powertrain Ability and Specs
There are some changes under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The car adds a new entry level engine and will use a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder which will give the car 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The previous 2.5-liter engine was perhaps much more powerful but the idea with the replacement is that it is going to be much more fuel efficient, giving us an EPA rating of 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Also the powertrain will combine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The higher trims of the Malibu will incorporate the use of a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that makes 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. This one uses a eight-speed automatic geashifter and provides us with an EPA rating of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The return of the hybrid option for the Malibu is also great news for the car and this setup with feature the combination of a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and a 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack. All in all, it gives us an output of 182 horsepower and more importantly provides us with the segment leading characteristics of a combined fuel economy rating of 47 mpg.
Release Date and Price
Regarding the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu release date, the car is all but ready to roll out. You will be able to get the car from February and the sales are going to start then. We were able to see the car showcased for the first time at this year’s New York Auto Show and it immediately showcased a great option and a fine looking vehicle. The L trim will start at $22,500, the LS is $23,995, the LT with the base engine is $25,895 while using the secondary will raise the price to $29,495, the Premium only comes with a secondary engine and is priced $31,795 and finally the LT Hybrid version has a base MSRP rating of $28,645.