Four Reasons We’re So Excited About the 2016 Malibu
There’s plenty to like about the upcoming 2016 Chevy Malibu. The mid-size car offers a number of innovative and exclusive functions and capabilities, making it one of the more anticipated vehicles of next year.
“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer (via a Chevy press release).
That sentiment can’t be more true with the 2016 Chevy Malibu. Continue reading to see our favorite aspects of the upcoming vehicle…
Reliable Safety Features
The 2015 Chevy Malibu earned top marks for a variety of safety tests (including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints/seats), resulting in it being named the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s ‘Top Safety Pick’ for 2015. The 2016 model will surely be just as durable and reliable, and the engineers even included a variety of innovative features to help maintain those lofty standards.
Perhaps the most creative addition to the vehicle is the available Teen Driver technology, which helps promote safe driving habits. The system assists in minimizing distractions for young drivers, whether it’s by muting the audio when seatbelts aren’t being worn or giving visual and audible warnings when the vehicle is traveling too quickly. This makes the Malibu an ideal choice for first-time drivers, and parents can feel comfortable with their child driving the safe vehicle.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids – they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe (via a press release). “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
Other safety features include the Lane Keep Assist mode, which will warn the driver whenever their Malibu unintentionally drifts into another lane. Meanwhile, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses radar sensors to detect any oncoming traffic, preventing you from accidently backing out prematurely. Finally, the Forward Collision Alert uses radar to sense when a crash is imminent, and the system will either alert the driver or apply brakes if necessary.
“The first step with this technology is to make sure that all drivers and passengers within the car are safe,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet car marketing director (via a release on the brand’s website). “In addition to innovative safety technologies like this, you will see efficiency, advanced connectivity and stunning design in the 2016 Malibu.”
In case of an accident, you can be assured that help will be on its way. The Automatic Crash Response system will automatically alert an OnStar Advisor, who will contact you (via the Malibu) to see if emergency services are necessary. Even if the driver or passengers don’t respond, the advisor can use your vehicle’s GPS to send help immediately.
Of course, the advanced safety features go beyond just the technological amenities. The Malibu comes standard with 10 airbags, and the 360-degree sensor can detect the severity of the impact, adjusting the bag’s inflation accordingly. Furthermore, the high-strength steel safety cage helps solidify the body, which will further help protect the driver and passenger during a collision.
For the first time, the Malibu will be available as a hybrid, with the company expecting the car’s engine to deliver an impressive 48 miles per gallon city fuel economy. What’s even more impressive is the price, as the electric vehicle sells for only $28,645, a fair price for the electric-car segment.
The Malibu isn’t necessarily identical to the Volt, as the powertrain uses a modified drive unit and engine. Still, the engine offers the efficiency and power that you’d expect from other electric vehicles, and the Malibu may actually top those vehicles in regards to specs.
“The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers (via a press release). “By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”
Impressive Standard Engine
Of course, we couldn’t mention the hybrid Malibu without bringing up the standard version of the nameplate. Customers can opt for a pair of engine options with the traditional model, including the turbocharged 1.5-liter ECOTEC engine, which comes will fuel-saving technology like Variable Valve Timing, Direct Injection, and Automatic Stop/Start.
If you’d prefer to upgrade a bit, you could go with the 2.0-liter ECOTEC engine (with an eight-speed automatic transmission). You’ll receive unmatched power from your Malibu, as the unit is capable of producing 250 horsepower.
The 2016 Malibu will look a bit different than any of its predecessors, as the revamped model will feature “windswept body lines and an agile stance,” giving the vehicle a sleek (but sporty) design. The exterior alone features a number of appreciated amenities and features. The front features aerodynamic sculpting, particularly on the hood, and you’ll also find available LED daytime running lamps. Head to the back and you’ll find dual exhaust outlets and LED taillamps.
On the inside, you’ll find the ultimate driving experience, and both the driver and passenger will appreciate the innovative technology. The touchscreen MyLink display is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This mean you won’t only be able to access satellite radio or navigation, but you’ll be able to use many of your phone’s basic capabilities (like calling, text, and even access to a number of applications). You won’t have to take your eyes off of the road to use any of these functions, as the steering wheel-mounted controls ensure a safe interface.
Passengers will also appreciate the available wireless charging station and the available built-in 4G LTE WiFi. This means your passengers can take all of their work on a long road trip, and they won’t miss a single beat.
Bet you didn’t expect all of that from the Malibu. The vehicle offers a surprising combination of style, power, and technology… as well as an optional hybrid engine. There are clearly plenty of reasons to be excited about the 2016 model, and we should also look forward to any future versions!