New York Auto Show: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu: Comments in New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Posted April 1, 2015 It seems like Chevy is differentiating between the Malibu and Impala at least power train wise. Keeping a gap of ~40 hp. While power may not be the main differentiator in this segment, the low power of the base engine compared to its competitors is perplexing. Design wise, I like it. It is not overtly trying and yet simple. It does mimic Impala from the rear panels. To GM's typical hypocrisy: the car is made "Sporty" yet no manual transmission! In a world where Mazda6 and Honda Accord Sport are getting high teens to low twenties manual transmission take rate, something from GM would be refreshing. Other than Mercedes Benz, GM is the worst when it comes aversion to offer stick cars.