While Chevrolet is considering ending the production of its popular Sonic and Impala models, it seems that the well-known Malibu sedan will manage to survive. Namely, the new Malibu might hit the market as a 2020 Chevrolet Malibu model with some minor changes and updates although its 2019 redesign has been still fresh in the market.
- good value for money,
- more than one engine choice,
- possible hybrid version.
- still not confirmed.
The Chevrolet Malibu has always been known as more popular among the fans than its cousin Impala. That’s why the carmaker probably has decided to keep it in the market. If the rumors come true and the new Malibu sees the light of day as a 2020 model, it should ride on the GM’s E2 platform shared with Impala but also Buick Lacrosse. When it comes to exterior design, it has been said that the new Malibu might borrow some details from the Cruze as well. Be that as it may, the upcoming four-door midsize sedan shouldn’t bring any revolutionary changes in terms of look since its 2019 update has been more than fresh. We might expect some weight reduction in order to boost the performance and improve the fuel economy, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. The sedan will probably keep wearing its large black grille, lots of chrome details, its LED lighting system and dual exhaust pipes. It will stand on 18-inch aluminum wheels while its RS package could offer the 19-inch ones. The new Malibu is expected to be available in L, LS, LT and Premier trim levels and some new body paint options.
The interior of the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu should provide some spacious and comfortable cabin that will be refined, well-equipped and improved in many ways. It should offer more space for you, your passengers and the cargo. Besides comfort, other updates are expected in terms of technology and safety. The driver will probably get an 8.0-inch infotainment touch-screen as standard with some of the latest high-tech features and connectivity options such as navigation, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, USB ports, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. When it comes to safety, you should hope for adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, airbags, automatic braking and others.
Three engine choices have been speculated to be found under the hood of the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu, including a hybrid version that uses a 1.8-liter inline-four and an electric motor. The base model should use a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four that delivers the output of 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a CVT. The other option could come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that hits 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It is expected to be paired with a nine-speed automatic.
2020 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date and Price
The release date of the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but it could be seen in the third quarter of 2019. However, its price should start under $25,000, probably around $22,000.
Competitors: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy.