The Geneva Motor Show is not even over yet but car makers are already announcing new products for the next big event, the New York International Auto Show in April. That is a good thing. It is a sign that the business is good. This dark silhouette you see here belongs to the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, one of the highlights of the NY show.
The Malibu, despite its cool name which reminds one of lovely beaches and awesome parties, has always been a bit of a problem child for Chevrolet. In its lifetime the Malibu has been completely revised a number of times, and that seems to be the case with the 2016 model as well, as Chevy says it has been designed with a “blank slate approach.”
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will boast four inches longer wheelbase than the outgoing model and a higher-strength steel structure. Despite these increments, the car is expected to be 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which is rather impressive. Lighter weight should, in theory at least, make the car more economic and better to drive as well.
“Malibu’s gorgeous styling is the result of a masterful understanding of proportions,” said Ed Welburn, General Motors’ vice president of Global Design. “The roofline has been stretched rearward giving a more sleek profile, while the front wheels have moved forward and front and rear overhangs have been reduced. Along with the sculpted body side, these cues help Malibu appear more dynamic and sophisticated.”