The midsize sedan segment has always been one of the most competitive classes in the car industry. Almost every player has its own offering, although admittedly, the dominant nameplates are the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. And then there is the Chevrolet Malibu.
General Motors, manufacturer of the Malibu, has just announced that it will unveil the next-generation model of this midsize offering. Although not too many details have been revealed, the American carmaker has said that the ninth-generation Malibu will be sleeker, thanks to a stretched roof design. The wheelbase has likewise been lengthened by around four inches (101.6mm), which makes for a more spacious interior.
The new model is also expected to sport a more modern look, with the front wheels moved forward, and the front and rear overhangs shortened. Apart from this, the car shed some 136kg of weight. This translates to better driving performance and improved fuel economy, a goal set by GM to become in sync with the trend of more fuel-efficient vehicles worldwide.
More details of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be revealed leading up to its launch at this year's New York International Auto Show in April. We will let you know once we have the more juicy bits. Hopefully, we get to see it on our shores soon after. This should be an interesting alternative to the usual midsize suspects.