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!