By on March 12, 2015

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu spent thousands of hours fine

It was teased earlier, and now the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is teased again, this time in anti-spy camo.

AutoGuide reports the photo above shows the new Malibu undergoing wind-tunnel testing, part of the vehicle’s overall 1.5-million-mile stress test. General Motors adds that the new model will lose 300 pounds and gain 4 inches in its wheelbase, while the steep rear roofline is meant to help the Malibu fare better against its contemporaries.

The 2016 Malibu will make its debut April 1 at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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28 Comments on “NYIAS 2015: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teased Again Prior To Show...”


  • avatar
    energetik9

    Being a car enthusiast, I have options or emotions on most cars. This is just one of those cars that elicit a neutral response, which is telling. I have more opinions on a Corolla or an Accord than this car.

    • 0 avatar
      anti121hero

      I remember driving a 2000 malibu and recall it as the most boring, appliance like vehicle I have ever driven.

    • 0 avatar

      I can’t disagree with you that the Malibu has been a historically unremarkable and noncompetitive car, but you couldn’t have much of an opinion on this latest one, anyway, because very little has been said about it. And as we’ve seen with Hyundai/Kia and Chrysler, among others, brands can make complete turnarounds. We should wait until we’ve at least seen the full design before we brand this car with the stamp of mediocrity.

      • 0 avatar

        There is always lot of noise and expectations about new gen Malibu and every time it turns out overhyped, esp when you sit inside the car first time. Have no idea how it drive though, may be it is cheaper Buick Regal which is a very good car for the money (why then settle for a cheaper version – you get what you pay for).

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      I tend to wait until I actually SEE the car, if not drive it, before forming any kind of opinion on it.

      If it’s got camo, I don’t judge it. It ain’t outta the oven yet.

      That being said, the Malibu doesn’t have the best track record.

      But I thought the seventh gen (’08-’12) was not a bad-looking sedan. Nothing to make your heart skip, but enough to show they actually put in some effort.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        And when you actually get to see the car and want to buy one you may find that the warranty has been slashed and the free-maintenance discontinued, while the car still costs more than it did before.

    • 0 avatar
      mjz

      Ok, this pic made me laugh. It was “caught” being wind tunnel tested with all that camo on it? Lol.

  • avatar
    NN

    looks like GM is putting forth significant effort on this car, which when GM does, they tend to make good products. Last time they put significant resources to the Malibu was the Lutz-era 2008-2012 model, which was competitive with the best in class. I have a 2010 now with 86k miles on it that has been a good car and remains enjoyable to drive. I wouldn’t buy the 2015 model, but this 2016, given proper effort, could be a contender.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Ever since the bailouts handouts and nationalization, GM has put significant effort into all their products.

      That only matters to the serious GM fans. And there weren’t enough of them to keep GM afloat before the bailouts, handouts and nationalization. There still aren’t enough of them today. What keeps GM going is truck sales and fleet sales.

      No matter how attractive the 2016 Malibu turns out to be, the Camry, Accord, Altima and Sonata will most likely outsell it. I suspect the 2016 Malibu is just so much more fodder for the rental fleets.

      Gotta keep those UAW people busy doing something.

      Yeah, and what kind of recalls await this new Malibu 3, 4, or 5 years into the future?

      • 0 avatar
        Mr. Orange

        Doesn’t all the “American” manufactures rely on trucks and SUVs for most of their profits.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          “American” manufactures rely on trucks and SUVs for most of their profits.”

          Yes, I think that is true for Ford and GM. Trucks probably are their main source of income and profits.

          But the flip s!de of that argument is the sales of Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai, Mercedes and BMW who can now be classified as “American” manufacturers because of their presence in the US, but whose truck and SUV sales only support the liquidity of the OEM, and are not crucial to its survival.

          In the case of some manufacturers, they don’t even feature or sell trucks.

          In the case of the company formerly known as Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM, it’s no longer an American company.

          If GM is hoping that the 2016 Malibu is somehow going to snatch the best-selling title from the Camry, I think it is unlikely.

          Too many potential buyers avoid buying anything GM. If they feel the need to Buy American, there still is Ford.

          Ford products may not hold their value as well as Toyota and Honda products, but Ford has come a long way (baby) since the days when Ford stood for “Found On Road Dead” or “Fix Or Repair Daily.”

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    4 inches in wheelbase? Let’s hope that it all goes into the rear seat.

    I was going to ask about bringing back the V6 but since the car is loosing 300 lbs perhaps just “tune” the turbo model.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    First pic looks like a Malibu was taken hostage, blindfolded, and about to be tortured for information.

    “Tell us your rear seat dimensions!!” BZZZZT

  • avatar

    I’m worried that all this hype and buildup will lead to disappointment–not that the Malibu or any GM has ever been a letdown before.

    That said, the 2008-2012 Malibu was a seriously good car.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      It was too good, which is why is was neutered in the next generation.

      “Sir, why is the next Malibu being sized down and decontented?”
      “So we can upsell them on the new Impala.”
      “Brilliant, boss.”

  • avatar
    carve

    A “tease” of the new Malibu? Get excited everyone!

  • avatar
    AMDBMan

    Didn’t they do this same sort of marketing a few years back with the Malibu? I remember dark photos that prominently featured tail lights resembling the then-new Camaro; that’s all you could really see. Then, many months later, the car was released and it was largely unchanged from the model that had been running around for years. It just had Camaro-like tail lights.

  • avatar
    210delray

    Except for the faster roof and no V6 availability, isn’t this more or less a return to the 2008-12 generation of the Malibu? As in GM admitting that the 2013-15 was a flop?

  • avatar
    dwford

    The new Malibu better be mint, or all this breathless buildup will end up looking stupid.

    We usually don’t get such marketing campaigns for midsize sedans…

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Up until 1973, the Malibu was a great-looking, even aspirational car, certainly in the options you could aspire to, such as big-block power. After 73, ugh, except for the 78-81 years. Those earlier Malibus probably sold GM a lot of Impalas, Caprices, even Grand-Prixs. But, I don’t think GM realizes this new one has to be outstanding and actually bring something big to the table. It might be the most power, the best AWD system, an especially high-quality interior, an infotainment system that beats all others. Otherwise they should just end the line. Finally, I still think the 66-67 Malibu coupe is the most perfectly proportioned car ever.

  • avatar
    canddmeyer

    Put a V6 in it or send it back to the drawing board.

  • avatar
    pragmatic

    Debuts on April Fools day.

  • avatar

    In case people have not noticed the chrysler 200 is the best selling domestic sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Define domestic, it is cars that are built in the US or cars from a US company?. If you are talking about the first there are a bunch of sedans that outsell the 200. If you are talking about the later then the 200 doesn’t even qualify. Even if you base it on brands that were traditionally US owned/built it still does not sell as well as the Fusion or Cruze. It is the best selling Chrysler branded vehicle, the best selling sedan from FCA and the second best seller for FCA behind the Ram Pickup.

  • avatar

    A domestic car is one that is engineered and designed by Americans. The Camry is a foreign car since its engineering and design was done in Japan. Any nation can build a car. The prestige is in the engineering and design of a vehicle.
    This is something Korea is gradually learning and America is forgetting how to do.

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