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    New York Auto Show: Chevrolet Teases Next Malibu


    • Chevrolet is preparing for the debut of the All-New Chevrolet Malibu at the 2015 New York Auto Show


    Its no secret that the Chevrolet Malibu hasn't fared well in the midsize class. So it comes as no surprise that Chevrolet is readying a new Malibu that will debut next month at New York.

    Teased before its official debut, Chevrolet says the new Malibu is a clean slate redesign with an all new design and a longer-wheelbase thanks to a new architecture. The new Malibu also drops 300 pounds thanks to an all-new high-strength steel structure.

    The biggest change is the design. As we reported late last year, GM's vice president of global design Ed Welburn is planning to infuse some of the design of the Corvette Stingray into the Malibu. We can see some of that, along with elements of the Impala.

    “Malibu’s gorgeous styling is the result of a masterful understanding of proportions. 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,” said Ed Welburn, General Motors’ vice president of Global Design.

    Source: Chevrolet

    2016 Chevrolet Malibu 001

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Born Again: Next-Gen Chevrolet Malibu Announced

    • Larger, lighter and more efficient Malibu to be unveiled at New York Auto Show

    DETROIT – Designed to deliver more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever, the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will make its public debut at the New York International Auto Show this April.

    Using a blank slate approach, Chevrolet designers benefited from an entirely new architecture, which for Malibu includes a wheelbase nearly four inches longer than the outgoing model. That, in turn, provides increased rear legroom and interior space.

    Due to a higher-strength steel structure, the new Malibu is also expected to be 300 pounds lighter than the current model, which benefits the sedan’s fuel economy and handling.

    “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.”

    More details about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be shared each week leading up to the vehicle’s global debut. The 2016 Malibu is expected to go on sale by the end of 2015.

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    Excited that they are doing this, but bummed that they have gone with a very clear coupe look. I want GM to get back to Leading the auto industry in trends and style but being more than just a single design language. I am excited to see more when they show it off.

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    It doesn't look like it has grown at all.

     

    Chevrolet says the 2016 Malibu rides on a new chassis, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase than today's car, improving interior space and legroom.

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    It doesn't look like it has grown at all.

     

    Chevrolet says the 2016 Malibu rides on a new chassis, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase than today's car, improving interior space and legroom.

     

     

    So back to the old wheelbase?

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    It doesn't look like it has grown at all.

     

    Chevrolet says the 2016 Malibu rides on a new chassis, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase than today's car, improving interior space and legroom.

     

     

    So back to the old wheelbase?

     

    Yup. Next question - Where does it leave the Impala?

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    It doesn't look like it has grown at all.

     

    Chevrolet says the 2016 Malibu rides on a new chassis, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase than today's car, improving interior space and legroom.

     

     

    So back to the old wheelbase?

     

    Yup. Next question - Where does it leave the Impala?

     

    Isn't the impala moving uplevel?

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    Also its still 111.7 

    So if the bu jumps 4" it will be 111.8"?

     

    that will be weird

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    The Impala can't really go up market, the Lacosse is there, plus the XTS while it is around.  The Malibu could grow in size, but they can't push the price up, because the Camry price is not going up by any big margin.

     

    This outline looks a bit like an Audi A7, and I don't see that selling in the family sedan segment.  Things like cost of ownership, reliability and gas mileage is what sells here.  The Camry hasn't had dramatic or sporty styling ever and it has crushed all the others in sales for the past 20 years.

     

    If they make a dramatic shift, it will be interesting to see what happens.

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    Here's the front (as well as a few other goodies) via Chris Doane:

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    Clockwise starting from left: Cruze; Volt; Spark; Camaro; Malibu. Me thinks...

     

     

    From what I read earlier today, yep ... that's the lineup.  Will have to wait & see more pics of these, but ... this glance ... not sure what I think of them.....

     

     

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    Is the new Spark a Chevy version of the Karl?

    I'm guessing not a rebadge, but a lot shared between the two (including most of the body stampings - I think the rear quarters look a lot different from the Karl's). They won't be sold in the same markets AFAIK, so no problems there.

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    So the 2nd car to the right must be the updated Camero? Kinda looks a bit Mustang like but also does not seem to have that fat wide look. more lean and sleek. A bit of a Shark side Profile look.

     

    Here's the front (as well as a few other goodies) via Chris Doane:

    Chris Doane Automotive LLC.
    11025651_807554745995455_326538004243247

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    Spark or MCE Sonic?

    Seemed too small to be the Sonic...On the other hand it's the farthest away from the camera, which would make it look smaller...

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    If Spark, then there will be three unveils at NY. I think it will be somewhere non-US release because the Spark was released in non-NA markets three years prior to the introduction here.

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    the past spy photos of the 17 BU made me think it was moving back to looking a bit more like the 08-12.

     

    Glad to see they are addressing the proportions and weight and space, but dammit, in that photo that rear end is quite rounded and really honestly reminds me of the Dodge Dart, and i don't want that.

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    The Chevy Spark, IIRC, has consistently sold better than Chevy expected here in the U.S., maybe for the (quick model changeover!) new one, the U.S. will be the debut point.  I wish the best for Chevy with all of these new models.  Cruze, Camaro and Volt have been well done as gen ones, however...

     

    My mom test drove a green Spark 1LT with CVT before she got her Versa Note, and as much as I wanted to like the Spark, the very jerky CVT let it down BADLY.  I thought it was because of the cold weather at first and was trying not to panic before I panned it, but even after warmup it was jerky as heck.  The Nissan cruised smoothly up to speed with nary a hiccup, also with a cold engine.

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    So the 2nd car to the right must be the updated Camero? Kinda looks a bit Mustang like but also does not seem to have that fat wide look. more lean and sleek. A bit of a Shark side Profile look.

     

    Here's the front (as well as a few other goodies) via Chris Doane:

    Chris Doane Automotive LLC.

    11025651_807554745995455_326538004243247

     

    Is it my eyes or is that camero very different from the current selling model?

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    The Camaro looks different, which is probably a good thing the current Camaro is fat and overweight.  That Camaro looks like it wants to be a Mustang, that could be a good thing, but could hurt it too.

     

    The Malibu in  the 5 in '15 teaser looks like a Camry from the A-pillar forward with a Chevy grille.  The C-pillar and greenhouse have a Chrysler 200 shape.  Ed Welburn said this would be a ground breaking car with breakthrough design, I don't see it.  It looks like a mismash of what is already on sale.  Although most midsize cars are a mismash of styling and aren't very original. 

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    To me the Camero looks like a Shark from the side profile they are showing.

     

    The Malibu is too hard due to the blackness to really tell if it is evolutionary or revolutionary. Have to wait and see.  :deathwatch:

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    To me the Camero looks like a Shark from the side profile they are showing.

     

    That's the way it looks to me, too.  Not sure if I like that or not ... eager to see more pics.

     

     

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    • By William Maley
      When I go back and look at the various Kia Optimas I have driven for Cheers & Gears, there has been one variant that I haven’t driven, the 2.0L turbo-four. But this changed back over the summer when a 2016 Kia Optima SXL came into the Cheers & Gears’ Detroit bureau for a week-long evaluation. The SXL serves as the Optima’s flagship trim with more premium materials and the turbo-four.
      As I mentioned in my Optima EX review from earlier this year, the redesigned Optima looks familiar to the previous model. But that isn’t a bad thing per say. It is still as sharp looking as the previous model and the changes done such as a new trunk lid, LED taillights, a smaller grille, and reshaped headlights. The SXL takes it a step further with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, Turbo badging on the fender vents, and a little bit more chrome. Finished in a dark blue, the Optima SXL is damn good looking midsize sedan. You won’t find many differences in the SXL’s interior compared to other Optima’s. The key one is the seats being wrapped Nappa leather with a quilted pattern. If I am being honest, I can’t really tell difference between the Nappa leather and the standard leather used on other Kia models.  But what I can tell the difference with is the materials used in the SXL’s interior. Kia swaps the soft-touch plastic used on the dash and door panels for stitched leatherette. This is to give the impression that you’re in something more expensive and it works very well. The Optima SXL’s backseat is slightly tighter than the one found in the Optima EX. Why? The SXL comes with a panoramic sunroof as standard, which eats into headroom. Let’s talk about the engine. The SXL features a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic. Leaving a stop, it takes a moment for the engine to fully wake up and you can’t help but wonder where is the power. At first, I thought this new 2.0L developed a bad case of turbo-lag. But I soon realized that it was a lazy throttle that was causing this issue. This is something we have been noticing in recent Hyundai and Kia models equipped with the turbo engine. Once you get over the lazy throttle, the engine moves the Optima with some authority. Merging onto a freeway or making a pass is no problem as the turbo quickly spools up and gives the necessary thrust. It doesn’t hurt the engine is very refined. EPA fuel economy figures stand at 22 City/32 Highway/25 Combined. I achieved a not too shabby 26.1 mpg average for the week. One of my biggest complaints about the last Optima I drove was the uncomfortable ride. The tuning on the EX model let in more bumps and road imperfections inside than what I was expecting. To my surprise, the SXL featured a more comfortable ride. Despite featuring larger wheels, the SXL was able to iron out most bumps and imperfections. I can’t explain why there is a vast difference in terms of ride quality between the two trims at this time. The SXL does retain the sharp handling that we liked in the Optima EX. Body motions are kept in check and the steering provides a nice heft when turning. Some will lament that the steering doesn’t have the same feel as something like the Mazda6, but this has to be Kia’s best effort yet.  The Optima SXL begins at $35,790 and that includes every option available on the Optima as standard equipment - 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, a Harman/Kardon audio system, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, surround view camera system, and much more. Some might balk at the price. But considering what the SXL brings to the table, along with its improved ride quality, it is very much worth the price. Plus, you might be able to work out a deal to where you’ll be able to cut the price. We’ve seen dealers cutting about $2,000 to $4,000 off Optima SXLs in an effort improve sales of the midsize sedan. Who knows, you might be able to get one of best equipped and decent driving midsize sedans at a surprising price. Disclaimer: Kia Provided the Optima SXL, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Kia
      Model: Optima
      Trim: SXL
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, Front-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 245 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,350-4,000 
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 22/32/25
      Curb Weight: 3,594 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: West Point, Georgia
      Base Price: $35,790
      As Tested Price: $36,615 (Includes $825.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
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