2026 Chevrolet Malibu PHEV.
Earlier last year, there were a few rumors about an all-new generation Chevrolet Malibu coming in 2025.
As far back as December 2022, it was reported the new generation would start production in early 2025, using a modified version of the recurrent car’s platform, which would be just fine since that’s what everyone is doing these days. Since GM decided to re-use the same powertrain for the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox, I am sure the same thing will happen in the next Malibu. Which, again, is fine. I test-drove the current Malibu a few years ago and it was a very comfortable, smooth sedan. The 1.5 Liter and CVT worked very well for most use. I even think the combo works better in GM cars than in Honda models like the Civic or Accord.
The big news would be for GM to offer a PHEV version of the new sedan. Which is something no one else has in the US. GM just mentioned a few days ago that new PHEV models are coming soon to the US. The new 2025 Equinox is the most obvious choice since a PHEV version is already offered in China. That exact same powertrain could easily be transferred to a new-generation Malibu sedan.
A Malibu PHEV would give GM a big advantage over its competition. The 2025 Camry is already a hybrid-only model. And the Accord will probably follow soon. But none of these are offered with a PHEV power train. I am not sure what kind of pure EV range can be expected from the Equinox PHEV or Malibu PHEV, but many years ago, the Chevrolet Volt was already getting over 50 miles. Of course, the Volt was not an SUV, but let’s hope GM tech has also improved in that area over the years.
I really think an affordable Chevrolet Malibu PHEV with maybe 60 miles or more of EV range could be quite a hit…