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Interior + Exterior Update: 2019 Chevy Malibu Details Via GM Authority

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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 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! Has Praise for the 2019 Malibu For Being “Interesting, Well-designed, and Efficient”

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Those who are coming to Jim Butler of St. Louis looking for sedans admittedly have a throng of options to choose from, and we have every reason to steer them towards what we feel their best choice is. There are some “very real headwinds”, as the folks at Autoblog write, facing the Malibu as crossover SUVs are dominating much of the landscape, and the fittest of sedans are forced to offer the best and most practical in features and sensibility to satisfy buyers. The RS Trim Level is where customers are really expressing their satisfaction, with its black grille, blacked-out bowtie badge, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, and dual-outlet exhaust take a firm and direct aim at competitors such as the Accord Sport and Passat R-Line.

The six-speed auto is left behind for a brand new CVT, and the engine remains a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, sticking around as a very suitable option for this car’s particular notches in the size and weight department. Much larger upper and lower openings are filled with a distorted-diamond mesh, and improvements made to the low-beam lighting force some elements to move down nicely, with a bit less busy brightwork at hand. In the back, dual exhaust tips poke out from a heavily-revised lower fascia, replacing the tucked tips hidden behind the old Malibu’s bumper skin.

Knowledgeable writer Alex Kierstein laments that the car is not terribly heavy, so the 1.5-Liter works just fine here as the power source. The power handling itself, ride, and delivery feels able, firm, and exciting, well evoking a pleasantness that you’ll be eager to step into for your daily drive. The continuously variable transmission is destined to improve efficiency, and the damping easily smooths out smaller imperfections on the highway. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and a Wi-Fi hotspot with embedded navigation are available on the higher trim levels.

The Infotainment 3 system improves upon last year’s design to make it even easier to use, and ample head, as well as legroom and 15.8 feet of cargo space in the trunk, are all great reasons to pick the Malibu as your next choice for a vehicle. Come to check out how space and added loads of new technology are prime assets of the new Malibu, and can shed 300 pounds from the car’s curb weight. The real heart and soul of the RS is the ways in which it ups the ante in sportiness, and provides extras like a leather-wrapped steering wheel.


Rear vision backup camera now comes standard, and just like the 2018 Chevy Malibu, we absolutely expect next year’s version to receive a perfect safety rating from the NHTSA. This means that every time you hit the road, you and your family can expect class-leading protection, with the Driver Confidence II Package adding forward collision warning, and front pedestrian braking.

A New Malibu on The Horizon: Showcasing The Modern Midsize Sedan Just Right For You

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Fuel economy, base price, and new features are some of the biggest driving factors for any new car that customers we talk to here at Jim Butler are looking for. The Malibu is one of those cars that customers have loved instantly, and much thought was given to the features new for 2019. There is a restyled front and rear, with new front fascia, grilles, and headlamps, a new rear fascia, and dual-element tail amps, with the availability of LED taillights to boot. There is a new 8-inch reconfigurable color driver information center, and the Chevy infotainment 3 has a new, 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio, with newly available navigation radio.


The rear-vision camera is included on Malibu L trim, a huge help to see behind you in grave detail if backing up in

a hurry. The Malibu Premier trim also adds rear heated outboard seats and CVT transmission on models with the 1.5L Turbo engine. The all-new Malibu RS offers a sporty, much more personalized appearance, driven by blacked-out styling cues, that include a black sports grille, bowtie emblems, rear spoiler, and 18-inch wheels as well as dual-outlet exhaust. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter, and black cloth seats are highlights that give the driver the ability to enjoy upper-end stylings at the entry-level pricing point.



The L, LS, RT, and LT are powered by the 1.5L Turbo engine, which has a Continuously Variable Transmission; the slightly headier 2.0 L Turbo engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission is standard on Premier. OnStar 4G LTE with wi-fi hotspot is standard on LS, RS, and LT, which now includes the 3-month 3GB data trial. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection compatibility are standard on LS, RS, LT, Hybrid, and Premier trims, and the ultra-useful Teen Driver feature is standard on LS, RS, LT, Hybrid, and Premier trims to boot.


Safety features are one of the most important aspects of a new car: knowing that you

are embarking on the road with any amount of less worry is always a way to immediately feel more secure. Next year’s Malibu has ten standard airbags, including frontal and knee driver, as well as front-passenger airbags, seat-mounted side-impact, and roof rail for rear and front outboard positions. Traction control has really been taking the center stage lately as far as stability is concerned: the hill hold function is amazing when you find yourself on an incline and in need of a sturdy standstill.



When you come down to visit us at Jim Butler for a test drive of the awesome and feature-packed Malibu, make sure you check out the Driver Confidence Package II: it’s available on Premier and provides the features of Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and the excellent nighttime aid of IntelliBeam automatic high-beam control.

Updated 2019 Chevy Malibu Receives Style-Oriented RS Trim

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One of the qualities of our brand that we pride ourselves on so much here at Jim Butler of St Louis is pricing points that will appeal to a large variety of customers. New for this year, the midsize Chevy Malibu receives a large number of updates, including a new RS trim that’s positioned in the middle of the available choices. It’s a very style-oriented package in the same category as on healthy rivals such as the Toyota Camry SE. Beginning in the $25,000 price range, it ought to appeal to shoppers who are looking for a new car on a budget, still sporting attractive features.

The package will come with the 1.5- liter turbocharged engine and will abandon the six-speed automatic transmission for a replacement that’s continuously variable. RS models will also receive 18-inch wheels, a black sport grille, black emblems, a rear spoiler, and dual exhaust. Interior offerings will include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, with cloth seats as well. The entire Malibu line will also see a new style of taillamps, and more exterior colors to choose from. There is an 8-inch touchscreen inside to glean the goods from the brand new Infotainment 3 System, and all trims will now receive a backup camera.

If you are looking to opt for the Premier trim, you graduate to a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of standard heated rear outboard seats, a nice additive for winters like this past one right here in Missouri. The Hybrid version still carries over for next year, with the 1.8-liter engine and electric motor, boasting an EPA rating of 49 miles per gallon in the city.

Safety tech has really made its life-saving mark on many different vehicles the past few years, and Chevy has group

collision-avoidance tech in two packages that build on each other. With the Driver Confidence Package, you receive blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and parking sensors. Opting for Drivers Confidence package II also yields low-speed automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights. Many shoppers with brand new families in tow will be happy to note that the IIHS rated last year’s Malibu a Top Safety Pick, solidifying its protective stance while on the open road. We’ll keep you updated on dates and destinations for the new Malibu, and expect it to roll out on floors during the fall!


Introducing the All-New 2017 Malibu!

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We have to be honest, St. Louis Chevy drivers will not like this car – they will LOVE it! The 2017 Chevy Malibu is loaded with safety features, impressive technology to always keep you connected and great MPG to get you where you need to go and then some!

The new Malibu’s windswept body lines and agile stance will make you feel as powerful and sophisticated as the vehicle looks. Its technology features include Chevrolet MyLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Teen Driver Technology, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot and more!

The sedan is also equipped with advanced safety features designed to keep you and your passengers safe while on the road, as it comes standard with rear-vision camera and ten standard air bags that include frontal and knee driver airbags, front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-impact and roof rail airbags for front and rear outboard positions. You can also upgrade your safety features to ensure peace of mind on the road.

The Chevrolet Malibu just keeps getting better and better. For two consecutive years, the Malibu has won a J.D Power Award for Vehicle Dependability (2016) and accolade (2015). Stop by Jim Butler Chevrolet and get yours today!

2016 Malibu Hybrids Start at Less than $29K, Available Spring 2016

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GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 47 mpg combined on next-generation hybrid to hit St. Louis Chevy dealers this spring

With this play, Chevrolet has shown its commitment to offering more mainstream hybrids. A more defined release date for the 2016 Malibu has been announced for spring 2016. The starting price of the next-generation hybrid from the bowtie brand is slated to be $28,645 (minus tax, tag and title) and offer a head-turning 48 mpg city.

JBC-2016 Malibu hybridThe mpg rating is better than 2016 midsize hybrid sedan according to AutoBlog. The engineers at Chevrolet have used what they’ve learned from the hybrid-exclusive Volt and applied it to the ground-breaking Malibu hybrid. Since its reveal at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, hybrid car fans near St. Louis have been waiting for the 2016 Malibu Hybrid to hit dealers such as Jim Butler Chevrolet.

“The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt,” Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers, said. “By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”

This next-gen hybrid sedan from Chevrolet is powered by a combination of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor with a 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. The two of these in tandem produce up to 182 horsepower, competitive with both Toyota and Ford’s midsize hybrids.

Standard features on the 2016 hybrid include Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, 10 airbags, cruise control and push-button start with passive entry. Available safety features include Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and the industry-first Teen Driver. Other technologies available on the 2016 Malibu Hybrid include a rear-vision camera and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Stay tuned to’s blog and Jim Butler Chevrolet’s inventory for more updates on the 2016 Malibu Hybrid. For more information on the Malibu Hybrid or to reserve a test drive this spring, contact Jim Butler Chevrolet online or give us a call at 636-349-3222.

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Updated 2016 Malibu Stakes Claim in Competitive Mid-size Sedan Segment

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New model-year Malibu improves in areas such as leg room, ride and handling to compete against other sedans

A lot of focus on the new Chevrolet models for 2016 was aimed on the redesigned Camaro. However, another Chevrolet mainstay that has been around since the ‘60s also underwent updates and redesigns for the 2016 model year, and it aims to make its mark in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan market.

JBC-2016 MalibuReviewers of the new 2016 Malibu have gone as far as to call it the best mid-size sedan from Chevrolet they’ve experienced (GM Authority). That’s quite a compliment for a nameplate that started in 1964. Exterior updates include a longer wheelbase longer overall length. The 2016 Malibu also shed weight like the new Camaro — the sedan is 300 pounds lighter than the 2015 Malibu.

The lighter weight creates a more responsive and smoother driving experience for new 2016 Malibu owners near St. Louis. In fact, according to Chevrolet, the 2016 Malibu is the lightest vehicle in the segment (curb weight of 3,086 pounds) as well as the longest at more than 3,500 inches.

Inside, the 2016 Malibu has added 1.3 inches of leg room to create a more comfortable Chevy experience for the passengers sitting in the rear seats. The overall design of the interior feels uniquely like a Chevrolet and sets itself apart from the segment’s competitors.

JBC-2016 Malibu rear shotChevrolet has upped the ante in the technology offerings for its vehicles, and the 2016 Malibu is no exception. The available 4G LTE Wi-Fi makes the Malibu a mobile hotspot, and the new smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will make use of your smartphone more efficient and safer. Have teens who will be driving 2016 Malibu? The new Teen Driving Mode will give you some peace of mind.

The new 1.5-liter turbrocharged EcoTec engine is the base offering, outputting up to 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Get up to 31 mpg combined and 37 mpg on the highway, making the Malibu a great choice for a daily driver. Need a bit more power? Check out the 2.0-L turbo engine with up to 250 horsepower!

The 2016 Malibu has been revamped for the new year, and they are making their way to Jim Butler Chevrolet, the No. 1Chevy dealer in Missouri! To learn more about 2016 Malibus for sale near St. Louis or to schedule a 2016 Malibu test drive, contact Jim Butler Chevrolet today or give us a call at 636-349-3222 or send us a message online.

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Chevy Produces 10 Millionth Malibu as 2016 Malibu Production Begins

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After 5 decades, popular Chevrolet model now sold in more than 25 markets around the world

As the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu begins its production in Kansas City, Kan., the iconic vehicle for Chevrolet rolled off the assembly line for the 10 millionth time. Since its introduction in 1964, the Malibu has reached eight figures in production around the world.

1964 Chevrolet Malibu (photo from GM)

1964 Chevrolet Malibu (photo from GM)

The U.S., Korea and China comprise the three biggest markets for the sedan, accounting for 90 percent of current Malibu sales. The Malibu is becoming a popular car on a global scale as Chevrolet sells it in more than 25 markets around the world.

“Some people are buying their very first Malibu today and others may have driven a Malibu from a different generation as their first car,” Alan Batey, global Chevrolet president, said. “It is a car that has resonated with customers for more than half a century.”

Chevrolet Malibu History

Space and efficiency were the names of the game for the Malibu in the early ‘60s. The newest Chevy vehicle, along with the Chevelle and 300 at that time, was named after the California city. The Malibu was one of the first mid-size vehicles called at that time “intermediate.”

JBC-78 Malibu Owners ManualThese three vehicles sold more than 370,000 in their first years. Within five years, they already surpassed the half a million mark. There was even a muscle car version of the Malibu — the Malibu SS.

When the Malibu first hit the scene in ’64, the most common form of customer service was the owners manual and maybe a trip to the dealer. Now, the ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu customers can contact their dealer, Chevrolet service, support and more 24/7 thanks to email, social media and more.

Latest Malibu lighter, more efficient

The 2016 Malibu is lighter and longer than the 2015 model year, and the standard 1.5-liter turbo powertrain is projected to offer 37 mpg on the highway. An available hybrid option works off the current Volt format and is expected to offer 47 mpg combined.

For fifty-one years, Chevrolet has offered a quality sedan — formerly a coupe, convertible and wagon — to families around the U.S.A. and the world. Fans of this classic nameplate can check out the latest ones in our inventory at Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO, the No. 1 Chevy dealer in Missouri.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan or to schedule a test drive, call us today at 888-640-6826 or contact us online. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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Pedestrian Avoidance Safety Technology Planned for 2016 Malibu

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Latest active safety feature uses only camera and software to help keep overall costs down on new Chevy

Technological features once found on only luxury vehicles are making their way to more and more brands, and the latest addition the 2016 Chevy Malibu strengthens the brand’s active safety features.

JBC 2016 Malibu Pedestrian Avoidance safetyThe 2016 Malibu’s Pedestrian Avoidance System helps works to detect any pedestrians that may run out in front of the Malibu. The new software, when detecting a potential collision, can alert “the driver and, if necessary, automatically applies the brakes to help reduce the collision’s severity or avoid the collision” according to General Motors.

What sets the Pedestrian Avoidance technology apart from other active safety features on the redesigned Malibu is how it works. Instead of using sensors or radars, it utilizes only a camera and the software. The camera mounted next to the rearview camera to help with Lane Keep Assist is used for Pedestrian Avoidance. This, in turn, will help to keep the overall costs down as it uses current technology already available with an updated code.

“The camera technology allows us to put it on more vehicles,” John Capp, GM’s director of global vehicle safety, said to AutoNews. “We can offer technologies that … you had to step up to a radar package that maybe not all customers would want.”

Goals for the technology are the format it to detect speedy cyclists as well. Other available crash avoidance technology for 2016 Chevrolet models include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Alert. General Motors has been setting up special tracks at their testing facility to improve the active safety features for 2016 Chevys.

2016 Malibu three q shot Jim Butler ChevroletThese new safety features are just the tip of the iceberg for the redesigned 2016 Malibu. The latest installment of the iconic Chevy sedan is scheduled to hit dealerships like Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO, within the last three months of this year. Stay tuned to our blog network for updates on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan or to schedule a test drive, call us today at 888-640-6826 or contact us online. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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2016 Malibu Hybrid Estimated to Reach 47 MPG Combined

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Hybrid Chevy sedan to be manufactured in US, go on sale next spring

2016 Malibu three q shot Jim Butler ChevroletUnsurpassed fuel economy is the name of the game for the new 2016 Malibu hybrid. According to General Motors President Dan Ammann, the hybrid sedan can produce a combined 47 mpg — 45 mpg highway, 48 mpg city — according to GM’s estimates. The announcement was made before the 2016 Malibu’s reveal at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

The hybrid Malibus are slated to hit Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis — Missouri’s No.1 Chevy dealer — in spring 2016.

Taking a Cue from the Chevy Volt

The new 2016 Malibu finds its power from a two-motor drive unit slightly modified from the 2016 Chevy Volt. This drive unit is mated with a direct-injection 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. It provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, for a total system power of 182 horsepower.

2016 Malibu front shot Jim Butler ChevroletAn 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack brings power to the 2016 Malibu’s hybrid system. The advanced lithium-ion based chemistry powers the Malibu hybrid at up to 55 mph on electricity alone. The gasoline-powered engine will automatically come on at higher speeds when necessary to provide additional power.

But it’s not Volt’s drive unit that inspired the design of the 2016 Malibu hybrid. The hybrid Chevrolet sedan shares power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system. This provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking to be stored into the battery system to assist in maintaining the charge.

The Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kans., at the Fairfax Assembly plant with globally sourced parts. No announcement has yet been made on when the 2016 Malibu hybrids will begin production, but they are on target for a sale date of spring 2016.

St. Louis Chevy fans who have always wanted to drive a hybrid should stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Malibu hybrid from Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis.

Your St. Louis Malibu source is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Whether you are waiting for the new 2016 Malibu hybrid or want a 2015 Malibu now, Jim Butler Chevrolet has you covered!

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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