The minor model change for the Chevrolet Malibu will be more than just a Honda Civic-style refresh. Chevrolet will apparently address the cramped rear seating area as part of the overhaul.
Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg claims that the Malibu will feature a new front end that resembles the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, as well as “…Updates [that] will make the back seat feel roomier…” GM executives are on record regarding the existence of the refresh, but have declined to specify what will be involved.
TTAC’s Michael Karesh, who was famously critical of the Malibu Eco, found the Malibu 2.0T to be a much improved car- something that I would concur with, having sampled the turbocharged version during a stay in Florida. The Malibu’s reputation as a toxic vehicle may have more to do with the botched launch rather than the Malibu’s merits as a vehicle. In that case, the fault lies with management rather than the Malibu itself.