Chevrolet recently released a teaser image of the upcoming 2016 Malibu ahead of its premiere in April. Scheduled to debut during the 2015 New York Auto Show, the automaker stated that it will use a new platform architecture and will be lighter and longer than the previous generation.
According to Chevrolet, the new architecture will extend the wheelbase by 101.6mm which will provide better rear legroom and interior space. The automaker also expects the upcoming Malibu to be to be 136 kg lighter as it will make use of a higher-strength steel structure.
Other exterior details provided by Ed Welburn, General Motors Vice President of Global Design, include a stretched roofline that gives a sleeker profile and reduced front/rear overhangs.
“Along with the sculpted body side, these cues help Malibu appear more dynamic and sophisticated,” added Welburn.
The all-new Chevrolet Malibu is reportedly planned to go on sale in the US by the end of 2015.
The move is unusual as Chevrolet only introduced the 8th generation Malibu in 2011/2012 when typical model generation cycles are at 5-6 years, possibly longer for some models.