2021 Chevrolet Malibu Preview: Premier and Redesign

Despite the crossover overflow, the legendary sedan still makes more than decent numbers, so we have no doubt it will continue in the future as well. However, we don’t expect bigger changes for the next year and the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu should be a typical carryover model. The current generation has been around since 2016 and as we’ve seen a mid-cycle refresh last year. That clearly indicates that the mid-size sedan will remain untouched for a couple of more years.

This means you may count on familiar design characteristics and features. The Malibu features a modern design, as well as a new infotainment system. In terms of size, it’s not as comfortable as Impala, but still offers a decent amount of space in both rows. The aspect where this sedan stands really strong is the powertrain, as you have a clear choice between engines that offer great fuel economy and engines that are quite powerful.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu front

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign

When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu will definitely carry on in the same way. This is a typical mid-size sedan, which shares most of its characteristics with the corporal siblings like Buick Regal and Opel Insignia. Of course, we are talking about the familiar E2 platform, which ensures a comfortable ride, though handling and overall driving experience aren’t on some particular level.

On the other side, styling is attractive enough to compete with other models in the class. Moreover, this sedan was updated last year and for that occasion, we’ve seen a lot of interesting novelties. Of course, the focus was at the front end, so the updated model came with a  completely new grille design. Still, there are many other, smaller novelties that came in different areas of the vehicle. All in all, the best we could see for the next year, in terms of the exterior look, are new color options.

Interior

This aspect of the car shouldn’t feature any particular change either. Therefore, you may count on the same cabin layout, unfortunately. We say, unfortunately, because the overall interior quality definitely isn’t on the level you would expect from a model like this. Materials are unimpressive, while aesthetics really look outdated. Practically, the only thing we could say it is up-to-date on the dashboard is the infotainment system.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Interior

When it comes to the interior space, the first row is quite generous in terms of legroom, while the seats are pretty good as well. When it comes to the rear seats, you can find opposite reports. Some reports find the second-row bench, while others claim that rivals are more generous in space. In any case, adults should be able to accommodate comfortably. When it comes to the cargo area, 15.8 cubic feet seem pretty typical for the class.

Features

A couple of additions to the list of standard equipment is always possible, but we don’t expect that too many things will change in the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu. Therefore, the list of standard tech features should be pretty similar to the current one, which includes things like an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a dual-pane sunroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose premium stereo, an 8-inch digital driver information display, wireless charging and more.

When it comes to safety features, a rearview camera is the only standard feature. To get more advanced safety systems, you need to step up to higher trim levels. There you can get goodies like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu rear

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Engines

This aspect definitely won’t bring any changes. So, you may count on two familiar engine options. Base models are equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 160 horsepower. That’s okay for daily use, but many drivers won’t be delighted with the fact that this engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox. Still, a great benefit of such transmission is an excellent fuel economy, which goes around 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those are pretty amazing ratings for the class.

An optional 2.0-liter turbo-four is a far better choice for those who look for a dynamic ride. With this engine, you may count on full 250 horsepower, as well as on a 9-speed automatic transmission.  On the other side, fuel economy goes around 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2021 Chevrolet Malibu sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 22.000 dollars.

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