2019 Chevrolet Malibu Arrives With Styling Refresh And New RS Trim

Some three years after its NY Auto Show presentation, the ninth generation Chevrolet Malibu has received a few styling and technology updates.

Among the changes brought forward by the GM-owned brand are the modified grille, headlamps and taillights, different exhaust tips, new chrome trim, colors and wheel designs. The lighting units on both ends get LED tech in the LT and Premier grades, while the latter adds full LED clusters, too.

The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is found inside, with a new 8-inch touchscreen display offered as standard across the range. Opt for the Premier model and see the analogue instrument cluster getting replaced by an 8-inch digital system. The L features a reversing camera at no extra cost, whereas the Premier is equipped with standard heated outboard rear seats.

Just like other Chevy models, including the Traverse and Cruze, the 2019 Malibu gets the RS treatment. Updates include the introduction of a black grille and bowtie emblems, rear spoiler, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The aforementioned infotainment system sits in the middle of the dashboard, joined by the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, and black cloth seats.

Despite the more aggressive look, the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS only uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It develops 163hp (165PS / 122kW) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque, and is paired to what the automaker calls a “new CVT”.

The larger turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 250hp (254PS / 187kW) and 260lb-ft (352Nm) of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, comes exclusively with the Premier model.

Chevrolet will launch the restyled Malibu this fall, and the new RS trim will cost around $25,000.

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  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    VOM 🤮

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Not bad….

    • no25

      nope. not at all. Camry is way better than this

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Well since you’re telling me my opinion is wrong (Not sure opinions can be wrong, but ok)… and since you obviously love the styling of the camry…
        Dude, how can you defend the worst looking grill in all of current autodom??? It’s hideous beyond all possibility!!! Which makes you flat out wrong.

        Ok, there.

        • Status

          Yes, you can have wrong opinions.

    • paulgdeaton

      I agree; it is better than a Camry… but i still looks too much like a Camry. Why?

      Most Chevrolets in recent years have had identifiable, consistent styling cues up front; now they are diverging to Japanese-look-alike patters. I realize the Camry is a top seller in the USA…. but that is because of its perceived reliability – and definitely notbecause of its hideous grill.

      • Jay

        “..but i still looks too much like a Camry” ..follow the leader?

  • Bash

    Shame. They should have updated the Impala too.

    • krusshall

      They are going to update it to the scrap heap when it’s taken out of production.

      • Bash

        I know, which break my hurt, the impala is such a nice nice, they could improve it a bit more and they would have a guaranteed winner.

    • Six_Tymes

      not sure they should of, since the Impala is going bye bye, again it would have been a waste of investment

  • dumblikeyou2

    Now show one with the puny 17″ plastic hub caps of most every version that will be on the road.

  • Poop Doop

    Now why wouldnt they put that 2.0t in the cruze and have something that can compete with the focus?
    I don’t get why chevy thinks its a good idea to have a 2.0t, a 1.4t and a 1.5t… just have one the 2.0t. Wouldnt it be more cost effective in the long run and then the dealer mechanics will only have to really learn the one for a small turbo 4.

  • Darius Fontenette

    Lower grille and chrome reaching towards the headlights makes it hideous.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    Remember that styling clinics decide how these cars ultimately look and the consumers in this class like it.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Much better than that Catfish looking grille.

  • AxlRock

    I don’t understand the hate. I think it looks good.

    • Nordschleife

      Agreed. It’s no supermodel but I think it is great looking update.

  • DMax

    It’s an improvement over the current one, which looks droopy, for sure.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    I was behind a Malibu in traffic this morning…the bow tie logo on the trunk was about 4” left of center. If this simple trim piece is so poorly affixed it makes me wonder about the rest of its build quality.

  • Nordschleife

    Save for the RS rims which look like they belong to another vehicle. I think this looks much better than the previous front end. I abhorred the pre-facelifted Malibu front end.

  • Harry_Wild

    Never off more then the competition and currently it going offer less! Is this a BMW?

  • Bill Nguyen

    Rear still looks unfinished to me…

  • krusshall

    Nice improvement. Boo to the CVT.

    • brn

      Agreed.

      Does GM use the ZF nine speed? Not sure about that either.

  • Joe E

    I think the new front end is an improvement. I didn’t mind the outgoing front end. These Malibus can look pretty good if not in poverty spec trim. I saw a murdered out black Malibu with limo tint, and it gave off a pretty sleek A7 vibe. There are worse looking cars in the segment for sure.

  • SgtBeavis

    I just can’t come around on the split front grill. Just too much going on there IMO. The rest of the car is still stunning.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    I thought the rear end was what was in for the refresh.

  • baofe

    Chevy needs a new design language. This ain’t working

  • JOIN THE OBNOXIOUS GRILLE CROWD CHEVY.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks much better actually, nicely done update

  • Autoexperte

    very ugly front end

  • Perry F. Bruns

    How much of the black space on the Malibu RS front end is infake?

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    GM should have just change the DLR/fog lamp housing and left the rest of the front alone. I do like the update to the rear.

  • Bruce K

    too minor of a change, and not an improvement. If they’re going to do a mild restyle of the front and rear, why not make it significant AND better— like they used to do in the old days?!? Totally looks like “afterthought” tack-on design elements

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