Despite updated models heading to the market, the current Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu models will soldier on.
The American automaker will introduce the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and Spark in early April at the 2015 New York Auto Show and it is expected that the 2016 Cruze will make an appearance before year’s end. But don’t expect the 2015 Cruze and Malibu to disappear entirely as a report from Cheers and Gears show that Chevrolet will continue to offer the current models as fleet vehicles. It appears that on General Motors’ VIN decoder website, the current Cruze and Malibu will be available for at least another model year but will gain the Limited nameplate to differentiate from the new models. If this sounds familiar, the American automaker did the same with the Impala.
Although the assumption is that the models will live on to appeal to fleet buyers, changes to the Cruze hint that the Limited model may also be available at dealerships. Considering the Cruze got a mild facelift for the 2015 model year and it’ll make its debut later than the Malibu, it’s not surprising that the 2016 Cruze Limited model is remaining mostly unchanged. The automatic and manual transmissions will both be offered and the Eco trim will live on, though it appears the Cruze diesel will get the axe for the time being.
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The 2016 Malibu Limited will see more changes with the American automaker removing the Eco and 2.0T models from the lineup. The only engine that will be available on the Malibu will be its 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but it isn’t the same existing powerplant. Instead it will be the LCV 2.5 rather than the LKW 2.5 which means five lb-ft more torque and possibly slightly worse fuel economy. In that powerplant, Intake Valve Lift control is no longer part of the VVT which could decrease fuel efficiency.
Expect more information on whether or not the Cruze and Malibu will live on as Limited models once the refreshed designs debut.
[Source: Cheers and Gears]
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