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NY LIVE: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu [Video]

by Ronan Glon

The 2016 Malibu gets a much cleaner design inside and out and a new hybrid drivetrain.

Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu at the New York Motor Show.

The Malibu is longer than the current model yet it weighs nearly 300 pounds less thanks to a number of mass-reducing features. It adopts a much sleeker design with a Volt-inspired front fascia characterized by a sharp two-part radiator grille, L-shaped LED daytime running lights and elongated headlights.

The roofline peaks above the driver and gently slopes down towards the trunk, creating an almost fastback-like silhouette. The back end boasts a small spoiler built into the trunk lid and horizontal tail lamps, styling cues that bring the Malibu in line with the larger Impala.

Life AboardInside, the Malibu benefits from a cleaner-looking cockpit with Galvano chrome accents on the center console and a more rounded dashboard with a seven-inch touch screen that runs Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. All Malibus come with a cell phone-sized storage bin built into the bottom of the center console that can be upgraded to incorporate wireless charging on select models, while the range-topping Premium trim offers full leather upholstery and ventilated front seats, a first in the Malibu's decades-long history.

Teen-focused techChevrolet's next-generation Malibu will debut a new Teen Driver system intended to encourage safer driving habits. Available through the Chevy MyLink system, Teen Driver helps parents keep tabs on their kids, even when they can't be in the car with them. The first built-in system of its kind, Teen Driver can record a number of different driving statistics, including maximum speed, distance driven and the number of forward collision alerts issued. Parents can also set a maximum radio volume and a speed limit which, if broken, triggers audible and visual warnings.

In addition to its recording functions, Teen Driver mutes the radio if the front seat belts aren't fastened and also automatically engages the vehcile's stability control, traction control and other safety systems, like forward collision braking, without the option to manually shut them off.

Under the HoodOne of the highlights for 2016 is a new gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain that uses technology gleaned from the 2016 Volt. The drivetrain consists of a direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that works jointly with a two-motor drive unit to deliver a total of 182 horsepower. A small lithium-ion battery pack can power the Malibu on electricity alone at speeds of up to 55 mph, though Chevrolet has not revealed how long of a range it offers. The hybrid is good for 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined.

The non-hybrid Malibu comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that rated at 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The turbo four shifts through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers after more power can opt for a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. Linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2.0-liter returns 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet's newest sedan is offered with a long list of electronic driving aids including Front Pedestrian Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keeping Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Parking Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. Most trim levels come standard with a rear-view camera.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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