With new flagship sedans introduced by Cadillac and Lincoln, it’s not surprising that the all new Chevy Malibu was relatively ignored but I believe it was one of the more significant introductions at the 2015 New York auto show. Crossovers may be ascending and sedans less popular but they still sell hundreds of thousands of Camrys and a similar number of Accords every year.
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Under the direction of GM product chief Bob Lutz, the Malibu finally became competitive, if not class leading, but the next generation of Chevy’s midsize sedan was a disappointing regression. Due to the constraints of the Epsilon II platform used, a lack of space for rear passengers was a common complaint. The 2016 Malibu gets the E2 platform and with it comes an additional four inches of wheelbase, much of it going to more rear seat legroom. The Epsilon platform dates back to 2002, and going to a modern architecture that uses high strength steel as well as some aluminum panels has resulted in a 300 lb weight reduction vs the previous model.
I think it’s also a great looking car. The styling of the larger Chevy Impala has been widely praised and the same team at GM Design worked on the new Malibu, giving it some of the Impala’s flair.