The next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will make its public debut at the New York International Auto Show in April. It is expected to go on sale by the end of 2015.
GM says the new Malibu is designed to deliver more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever.
Larger, lighter and more efficient, it will be based on an all-new architecture. With a wheelbase about 100 mm greater than the current model, it is said to provide increased rear legroom and more interior space.
Thanks to a higher-strength steel structure, it is also expected to be about 135 kg lighter than the current model, with attendant benefits in both fuel economy and handling.
A teaser photo of the car's profile reveals a fastback roofline with an upturned Kamm-like tail.
“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, said Ed Welburn, GM's vice-president of global design. "Along with the sculpted body side, these cues help Malibu appear more dynamic and sophisticated.”