2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Car

Chevy’s mid-size family may get an “A” for effort, but it’s still bringing up the rear against the competition. Exterior styling is crisp, but the interior is cramped. It has a solid structure but rather numb steering; its interior is quiet but uses too many contrasting materials.

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan buried under a pile of black tarps. The pictures nevertheless have a tale to tell, starting with the clear indication that the car will grow. More specifically, the car appears to have stretched in the rear door area, which indicates that Chevy is bent on rectifying its rear-seat legroom deficit. It’s been a major sore spot for buyers since the Malibu was placed on the shorter version of GM’s Epsilon platform back in 2013. The door skins themselves also appear to have a tapering scallop, à la current Mercedes-Benz C- and S-class models, which is a different and more elegant treatment than the shoulder-line creases of the current Impala.

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