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2019 Chevrolet Malibu: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 11, 2018
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For 2019, the Chevrolet Malibu joins several of its stablemates in getting a refreshed appearance and a few new options.

The 2019 Malibu will hit showrooms boasting a new face that includes a bolder grille and lower front bumper. LT and Premier trims will also get new LED signature daytime running lights. Around back, the vehicle will get a new lower valance that spreads out the dual exhaust tips a bit more and ever-so-slightly updated taillights.

Inside, the general appearance of the Malibu will remain untouched, but it will gain a new 8-inch touchscreen on the also-new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, a configurable 8-inch driver information center on Premier models, heated outboard rear seats in Premier models, new color options, and a standard rearview camera on Malibu L models.

Another change will be the addition of an RS package to the 2019 Malibu lineup. This package will sport things up a bit with a blacked-out sport grille, black bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust exits, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, and black cloth seats.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

We expect all the engines to remain the same on the 2019 Malibu. If this is true, the base engine will be a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

We also expect the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to remain at 250 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The base engine will swap its six-speed automatic transmission for a new continuously variable unit, but the 2.0-liter to roll on with its nine-speed automatic unit.

The current Malibu is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and with all the safety features remaining the same in 2019, we don’t expect this to change.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date yet for the 2019 Malibu, but Chevy hopes to have it in showrooms in the fall.

Pricing is not yet available, but we don’t anticipate a huge hike over the current model’s MSRP range of $24,195 to $31,895.

Competition will include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.

Learn about the current Malibu on sale now »

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2019 Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

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