Chevrolet has high hopes for its all-new Malibu and it’ll be up to consumers to decide if the sedan lives up to them.
The American automaker introduced the 2016 Malibu at the 2015 New York Auto Show with the redesigned model focusing on fuel economy, interior space and dramatic styling. Built on GM’s Epsilon II architecture, the new Malibu weighs 300 lbs less than its predecessor despite having a wheelbase nearly four inches longer. In total, legroom has been increased by nearly 1.5 inches in the rear while the body is over two-inches taller, offering more headroom as well.
The 2016 Malibu will come standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque while a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be offered with an estimated 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Joining the lineup will also be a hybrid model that is projected to average over 45 mpg.
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