The introduction of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which is announced for the forthcoming New York Auto Show, is supposed to fix some errors that the car has been struggling in the past. In fact, there have been a lot of issues with the sales and it is mostly due to the storing opposition with the likes of Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord taking gain in the field and finding all the glory. The last Malibu model was introduced in 2012, which is not that long ago and Chevy is forced to accomplish anything ahead of plan an introduce a redesigned version of its recent eight-generation model.
The history of the Malibu brand is closely linked to the Chevelle models of the past. In fact the Malibu started out as a range-topping trim stage of the Chevelle and in addition, it characteristics better luxurious and an added V-8s engine. In 1978 it became the best selling model and in addition, it received its brand which served the car start off separately from there. The model had a brief separate between 1983 and 1997, but managed to come back in a great fashion. The latest model was introduced in 2012 and marked the beginning of its eight-generation models, which we are going to get a refresh of for the 2017 season.
The 2012 model became a global vehicle as it came with a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines and three transmissions choices, having an Epsilon II platform as well which also the Buick Noble and Buick LaCrosse models shared. The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu claims to be a much more upscale model and is going to be a great option for the cars that top the segment currently. What do you think? Will the new Malibu model stand a chance against different rivals in the field and manage to top them? You can get our view in the review below.
2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU EXTERIOR DESIGN
The exterior design of the new 2017 Chevrolet Malibu stated some changes and we got what we wished to see out of the new car. The design is a lot sportier looking as it is much more slimmer in comparison to before and also lengthier compared to the previous model. The main gain of the newest Malibu is that it is very sophisticated seeking and it owes a lot of to the Chevy Impala where they drew the inspiration to get the new design cues for the model.
The front conclusion of the car is where the Impala cues are more noticeable. You can notice it in the design of the headlights and the front attire, but the taillights also have a similar style. In addition, it carries the same beltline creases but the 2017 Malibu posseses an upscale search and has a few special features of its possess like the split front grille. Changes that are very noticeable are seen in the rear part of the car like the new taillight clusters which gets slimmer as you move to the emblem part. There are also the newly added pointy trunk cover and an updated bumper with some sporty elements. That advantages the car a lot as it presents more aerodynamic features.
2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU INTERIOR CONCEPT
The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is generally planning to be much more relaxed due to the enhanced and added space on the inside. With the extra 3.6 inches in the wheelbase there is going to be an added 1.3 inches of legroom for the passengers in the back. That redesign is also going to keep the car very high-tech and it will help it to be easy to be used as well. This indicates that the new middle stack has less links and buttons which makes the controls much simpler to make use of and with the added seven-inch color touchscreen it allows the use of even more characteristics in comparison to before. This is actually a standard present for the higher cuts, but the lesser one however need to upgrade as it is offered as optional for them.
The dashboard is not going to change much as it incorporates the previous wrap-around design, and the three-spoke steering wheel also contains and new and different button layout. Also the Satin opera features make the interior look a lot more outstanding and upscale. There are also a lot more storage products put around the center unit and new perforated leather sitting surfaces which is standard for the Premier model and elective for the LT and Hybrid trims. Finally the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu also upgrades the safety characteristics by a long throw in comparison to before.
2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU ENGINE SPECS
The changes under the hood for the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu are going to feature a freshly added entry level engine choice. This is the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder which is rated at 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and it will be used instead of the past 2.5-liter engine. Perhaps the new engine choices has less power nonetheless it offers a lot better fuel economy with an EPA rating of 27 mpg town and 37 mpg highway. Also the new drivetrain is going to mix with a six-speed intelligent transmission as its normal present this time.
The 2.0-liter turbo-four is also planning to be utilized for higher trim level models and will have a way in the future less power and better fuel economy as well but having an eight-speed automatic as its base choice. The specs offer a rating of 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and fuel efficiency of 22 mpg town and 32 mpg highway.
But after a while the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is making a comeback and is going to utilize a modified electrical motors lent from the Chevy Volt model. So it is going in the future with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, gasoline engine and a 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack which comes with 182 horsepower and segment-leading fuel economy of 47 mpg combined.
2017 CHEVROLET MALIBU RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The release date for the latest 2017 Chevrolet Malibu is going to be next year. We do expect that this model manages to fix all of the things which were lost with the previous edition and that they update fairs well. We will see all of that following the release date which is officially collection for January next year. The starting price os a base MSRP of 22,500 USD for the base version and 28,654 USD for the Hybrid one.