Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Due in Showrooms Later This Year: 2015 New York Auto Show | Edmunds

Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Due in Showrooms Later This Year: 2015 New York Auto Show

DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships by the end of the year after a formal debut in April at the 2015 New York Auto Show, GM said on Wednesday.

A single teaser photo of the 2016 Malibu shows a significant makeover featuring sleeker proportions, along with new headlights and taillights. Changes include a new architecture with a wheelbase nearly 4 inches longer than that of the outgoing model. This means more rear legroom and cabin space.

"The roof line has been stretched rearward giving a more sleek profile, while the front wheels have moved forward and front and rear overhangs have been reduced," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design, in a statement. "Along with the sculpted body side, these cues help Malibu appear more dynamic and sophisticated."

The Malibu also is "expected to be 300 pounds lighter than the current model," GM said, a change that promises better fuel economy.

The 2015 Malibu with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The updates are calculated to make the Malibu more competitive against a list of rivals that includes the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry.

No word yet on 2016 Malibu pricing or technical specifications. GM said more details about the 2016 Malibu will be disclosed each week leading up to the car's debut.

Edmunds says: Mainstream car shoppers will be watching the slow rollout of the 2016 Malibu carefully, as the revisions promise to make this a real contender in the midsize-sedan segment.

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