2019 Chevrolet Malibu Shows Off Its New Face for Spy Photographers

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu has dropped some camouflage while testing its new facelift.

The midsize sedan segment is very competitive, so Chevrolet is hoping to give the Malibu a boost in sales with a modest refresh. The prototype caught by spy photographers reveal that the front and rear end will receive noticeable changes, which include new lights, bumpers, and a front grille.

Although spy photographers were unable to get photos of the prototype Malibu’s interior, expect it to receive similar updates as other recent Chevrolet introductions, like the Equinox. The Malibu should also benefit from more advanced driver assistance technologies.

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Powertrain changes are expected to be minor, but the 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine found in the Cruze and upcoming Equinox will likely head to the Malibu. The diesel powerplant should be mated to the nine-speed automatic transmission that was added for 2017.

Expect to see the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu introduced this spring.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Raymond Ramrez Raymond Ramrez on Feb 16, 2018

    I expect to read more about an improved Malibu Hybrid with a lager plug-in battery as in the Volt. GM and Chevy need a full PHEV sedan to compete against the Ford Fusion Energi, and against all the imported hybrid sedans.

    • Ryan Ryan on Feb 23, 2018

      Or better yet a naturally aspirated diesel plug in hybrid;)

  • Boodrow Malone Boodrow Malone on Feb 25, 2018

    Finally the diesel in a comfortable sized car. Now it is on my buy list if they do not over price it.