Powertrain, technology, interior, and exterior all receive updates for the Chevy Malibu’s 2019 refresh, and the staff on duty at the GM Authority blog offered up the details in a holiday-themed blog feature last week. This update comes three years after the launch of the 9th-generation Chevy Malibu, and some of the most exciting changes are present on the exterior. You get to pick from three well-designed exterior colors, as well as a completely restyled front and rear fascia. The grilles and headlamps are now all-new, and the lower grille is larger and bolder, evoking a more powerful vibe overall.
High-performance LED lights are now integrated into the headlamps for the Malibu Premier models, and LT models also receive new LED signature daytime running lamps. There is a new rear valance that pushes the dual-exhaust outlets a bit further toward the corners, which ultimately gives the car a revitalized sense of width. Keyless Open will be offered on front doors only, and the new CVT transmission with 5.10 final drive ratio replaces the 6-speed automatic transmission, boasting a 3.23 final drive axle ratio on L, LS, and LT equipment groups, seeing all models equipped with a 1.5-Liter turbo engine.
On the inside, the Malibu gets a new 8-inch reconfigurable color driver information center, situated in the gauge cluster right between the tachometer and speedometer. The midsize sedan sees the addition of a new Infotainment 3 system, sporting standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio, and offering updated navigation features to help on the journey to guide you home. Make sure you ask us here at Jim Butler of St Louis about the benefits of the Malibu L trim: it’s where you gain one of the coolest safety features of the last decade: the rear-vision camera. We have seen time and time again the various stats that show us how often kids lurk precariously behind parked cars, and this feature allows you to survey your back-up area thoroughly to be perfectly safe before proceeding.
Known as the VT40, this is GM’s first CVT since 2005, a chain-drive design for front-wheel drive vehicles. Currently, the CVT model is rated at 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and the six-speed automatic version snags down 28 mpg city, 38 highway, and 32 combined. The good folks at Motortrend.com commented that “the 8.0-inch touchscreen is a great highlight of the interior,” and is the perfect medium to access the easy-to-use infotainment system. The Motortrend team drove the Malibu around Seattle’s outskirts, on a 120-mile route that was made up of highways, pine trees, and picturesque sea inlets. They ranked highway performance as “commendable,” with steering also being light, accurate, and road noise cancellation is right on par.
The LT trim provides the availability of packages not offered on lower trims, including two highly-equipped driver-assist packages. The hybrid engine option is projected to nail down an EPA rating of 49/43 mpg city/highway, putting to use the best in modern technology as well as streamlined and precise development. Come down now to check out how this model is fiercely in line for the winter battle against the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord and is armed to the holiday nines with the best suite of driver-assist features and tech in existence!