After a complete redesign in 2016, Chevy revamped the Malibu’s transmission and trim levels slightly a year later. With it still being relatively fresh, we expect the 2018 Malibu to carry on with no major changes.
Being a carryover, we expect not a single notable change to the looks of the Malibu. It’ll retain its sharp and somewhat Audi A7-like looks it gained during its 2016 overhaul. We also expect no noticeable changes inside the cabin either, so it’ll continue with its roomy and comfortable seats (even for taller folks), and good visibility.
With its looks remaining the same, we also see no reason for Chevy to tweak the standard features. Look for these to remain the same as the current model, which includes 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The powertrain is another area we expect no changes. Look for the Malibu to come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine will be a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 1.5-liter engine will use a six-speed auto transmission, while the 2.0-liter uses an eight-speed automatic.
The 2017 Malibu just missed getting a Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the IIHS due to its “Poor” headlight rating. Given there are no changes on the agenda, its second-tier Top Safety Pick rating will have to do in the new year. Fortunately, it has “Good” ratings in all other tests and a “Superior” rating in its front-collision avoidance and mitigation. The latter rating is thanks to its optional Driver Confidence Package, which includes automatic emergency braking.
Expect a full review closer to launch.