The Malibu is currently one of the strongest contenders in the heavily contested midsize sedan segment. Arriving as a redesigned model for the 2016 MY, it boasts a fresh styling as well as a modern and comfortable interior. Now, the 2018 Chevy Malibu is due to receive a limited number of changes. Expect it to offer new body paints, a revised infotainment system and a richer list of standard safety features. According the some sources, the upcoming Malibu is likely to hit the dealerships in the second half of 2017.
2018 Chevy Malibu Facelift
Many agree that the new Malibu offers a best-in-class appearance. Chevy has managed to give it a unique styling while making it more in line with its other sedans. It shares much of its features with the smaller Cruze and larger Impala. Upper trims add to the Malibu’s appeal with LED daytime running lights as well as optional super-bright HID headlights. Expect the new Chevy facelift to retain its handsome shape without major alterations.
As for the interior design, the Chevy Malibu 2018 will be among class-leading options in terms of esthetics and functionality. It boasts exceptionally comfortable front seats, while the rear bench provides generous headroom and legroom. As of recently, the Malibu offers such high-tech features as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with a combination of physical buttons and big icons.
2018 Chevy Malibu Specs
The 2018 Chevy Malibu will retain its familiar engine lineup pretty much unchanged. Base models will once again use a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gives 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This unit will be matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. Premier models will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger making 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of twist. A new nine-speed automatic gearbox will transmit the engine’s power to the front wheels. As for the hybrid variant, expect it to have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors at its disposal. The system will have a net output of 182 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.
The 2018 Chevy Malibu should stay in its current price range. Expect the entry-level Malibu L to start at around $22,500, while the 2018 Chevy Maliby hybrid is likely to begin just under $29,000.