DETROIT — The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan, which arrives at Chevrolet dealerships this fall, will feature a number of improvements from styling to driving dynamics, GM executives told Edmunds at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
"You are going to be blown away styling-wise," Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of global product development, said in an interview.
He added: "I think it is more true to what Chevrolet should be. Think about Impala. It's not luxury, but it is more than what you thought you would get for that price. That is what Chevrolet should be and you will see that in the (redesigned) Malibu."
While the auto industry has been booming, especially in the midsize segment, Malibu sales have stumbled since the current generation debuted in 2012. Buyers often find incentives on the Malibu.
As a result, GM will launch a redesigned Malibu a little more than three years after the previous redesigned car went on sale, an unusual move. Normally, an automaker will wait five to seven years to redesign a model.
GM Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn told Edmunds that Malibu styling gets a boost for the 2016 model year.
"When you look at the Malibu's taillamps you can see a hint of Corvette Stingray," he said. "You see it in the form vocabulary in the body side. It has flare. It has spirit. It has tension."
He added: "You won't see boring Chevrolets. You won't see commodity Chevrolets. They will have spirit and energy."
The upcoming Malibu will feature superior rear-seat legroom and front-seat hip room, along with improved driving dynamics.
Pricing has not been announced.
Edmunds says: Sounds like GM has found the right formula to attract car shoppers to the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.