Next-Gen Chevy Malibu Spied with Audi-Inspired Style

Next-Gen Chevy Malibu Spied with Audi-Inspired Style

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu is shaping up to be one stylish sedan.

The 2016-2017 Malibu has been spied testing sporting some major style changes. The familiar split-grille can be found up front and while the camouflage is designed to conceal the shape of the vehicle, it appears the hood will slope downward more aggressively than the current model.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The bigger surprise is the Audi A7-like styling as we look towards the rear of the next-generation Malibu. A sleek roofline that leads to a small trunk lid hints that the Malibu’s new styling will be more revolutionary than evolutionary. Similar to how Ford has given the Fusion a more European-inspired design, it is likely that one of Chevrolet’s best-selling cars will get a similar treatment.

The new Chevrolet Malibu will continue to be built on the automaker’s Epsilon 2 platform and the 2.5-liter will stay as the base engine. Expect an updated, more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine as a range-topper while a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant will slot in between. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be available at launch with a nine-speed transmission to follow.

GALLERY: 2016-2017 Chevrolet Malibu Spy Photos


Discuss this story at our Chevrolet Malibu forum

  • Shiratori1

    They can ape the visual conventions of audi all they want. The malibu will never stack up to the leaders in the mid-size sedan category (Accord, Camry, Altima).

  • Jofran

    You never know, look at the Chevy Cruze, Chevy never got their “C” Compact but the Cruze changed the game, wait until 2nd gen, this might happen to the Malibu too, Chevy has sure stepped its game…

  • Felix James

    I’m not sure the Cruze changed the game, but when it came out it certainly was a BIG improvement.

  • ShinTao

    Seriously, are you high?

    The Accord has been an also-ran for a while now…The Altima only recently got updated and doesn’t too many people judging by its sales. The Camry is BORING and overrated. Where have you been this decade with Toyota’s being the most recalled brand on the planet?!

    I do like how you identified only the “Japanese” brands (Nissan is actually owned and operated by Renault), but no mention of the Euro brands or other American ones…You are so stuck in the 80s.

  • Felix James

    The Accord is best in class. You’re clearly insane.

  • chavitz

    True. At its own turf, Chevy has been always 3rd class cars for decades, poor quality and somewhat cheap cars. Both Ford and GM’s cars are driveable cars with many technical and safety issues and intentionally inflated technical data, such as horse power numbers and Gas mileage numbers. Without the govt. help and patriotic buyers, both GM would have bankrupted many times. As Time has changed , American auto-makers are doomed one way or another in matter of time

  • Smoke another one Dan

    As a car that mainly serves the Hertz and Avis rental units of the world, it seems like adding a raked A7 like profile will hurt the appeal of this car. Renters want maximum headroom and space over sporting looks.

  • jawad999

    its probably not malibu because malibu redesign is still 2 years away

  • jawad999

    i think its buick lacrosse,may be i am wrong,but i think it is

  • jawad999

    if it is malibu, then it looks great

  • Fakir Smith

    It’s not A7 at all, it’s Impala. Same signature side creases. Anyway… The malibu’s problem is it got too fat (like most Americans) and it has that same stupid Chevrolet grill. When a couple goes shopping and the wifey sees how big and bloated the Malibu is she will want the accord. I would want an accord! The Malibu grew too big and too tall. Look at the original (most recent, not old old Malibu) compared to today. Since ford DIDNT take a bailout and didn’t screw over the American people, bond holders and share holders not to mention the 25,000 Delphi employees who lost their pensions and the thousands of supplier jobs that were lost – remember they owed 89 billion so someone ate that, I would buy a ford fusion or a focus. Both are amazing cars and represent my values best. Honda though has always made an amazing product in the accord. GM on the other hand is dead to me.

  • T48

    If Ford or Honda represents your values best, why are you here whining? I say Go Fakir Yourself & move on! Oh & technically, Ford did take government money that has NOT been paid back in full under the guise of plant & environmental improvements.

  • Phil Davis

    More Generic Styling from GM…..amazing how they can say: “this is the best we can do”.

  • vinnieboiblue

    If anything they don’t look Audi like, but more like a 2012 Acura TL. But overall, cannot really criticize as the final product is not even in production.

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