New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu – Release Date and Review

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Release Date, Price, Specs, Engine – The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes with a sharper new style and a bit more interior space that will include contemporary technology features. Chevrolet adopted a simple formula when refreshing the Chevrolet Malibu 2016.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Designers grafted the brawny room of the full-size Impalla – sweeping rear flanks, split grille, bold front end – onto a smaller midsize sedan, it’s first in close to a decade. The new-look Malibu is now 2” longer in overall than the current model in the market, and a wheelbase that’s close to 4” longer in order to give the vehicle a more interior room. Also, the vehicle is nearly 300 lbs. lighter, which should now help in terms of fuel economy.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu front view, white color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

New safety features will be in place which are meant to govern teens driving. This will, therefore, make the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu a well-rounded family car.

Engine Specs – 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Several engine options will be provided under the hood of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The base will debut with a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine rated at 160 hp and 184 pounds of torque. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed auto transmission system.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu engine

According to Chevy’s own estimates, the above mentioned powertrain will have a fuel return of 27/37 mpg in the city/highway. For the performance minded drivers, there will be the 2.0L 4-cylinder option.

With such an engine, expect an output of about 259 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. The power will be transmitted to the wheels through the eight-speed auto transmission system. Again, Chevy estimated the combo will return 22/32 mpg in the city/highway.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu engine view

A hybrid powerplant will also be forthcoming. Whilst making use of a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine and a two-motor electric drive, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid returns more than 45 mpg when combined.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3.4 in. (111.4 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 1.8 in. (193.8 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1 in. (73 in.)
Passenger volume: 103 ft³
Cargo volume: 16 ft³
Curb weight: 3086 lbs
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 8,0 sec
MPG: 22/32 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Autumn Bronze Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Butte Red Metalllic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

Exterior Photos & Interior Colors – Chevrolet Malibu 2016

2016 Chevrolet Malibu side view, red color, alloy wheels

The new and upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut in four trims: L, LS, LT, and top-of-the-line Premier model. All of the models will come standard with up to 10 airbags, and all but the base trim level will offer a rearview camera as standard.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu front
2016 Chevrolet Malibu front

 

Some of the optional safety features to expect include lane keeping assist, front pedestrian warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors. Also provided is a nifty nanny for parents with young drivers. The Teen Driver system, engaged with a PIN code, ensures parents are able to monitor their teen’s driving habits.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu interior, leather front and rear seats, steering wheel

Parents, for instance, can preset a maximum speed which triggers visual and audible warnings if exceeded. Also, the audio systems maximum volume can be adjusted to a level that parents like. Other safety precaution features such as, traction control and stability control, if equipped, parking sensors, blind spot warning, and forward collision alert are automatically engaged and cannot be defeated by the user.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu back
2016 Chevrolet Malibu back

Parents may also review their teen’s driving habits, as the Malibu will be able to track the maximum speed travelled, distance driven and over-speed warnings, among other parameters. However, teens may decry the computer oversight role, but we bet parents will rest assured their teen is not engaging in recklessness.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu interior
2016 Chevrolet Malibu interior

The feature will be available on the optional LT models and standard on top-of-the-range Premier model. Other notable equipment will include either a 7” or 8” touchscreen display, which will be dependent on the trim model, 4G LTE connectivity with wireless phone charging pad, Wi-Fi hotspot and dual USB ports for rear seat passengers.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu trunk

Price & Release Date of the New 2016 Chevy Malibu

The new Chevy Malibu will be available in dealerships by the fall of this year. Unfortunately, the pricing hasn’t been announced as yet by Chevrolet. The new technology updates and features will add an extra cost to the vehicle, but given the level of rivalry in the segment, we expect the updated model to remain close to the existing Malibu which has a price tag of around $23,290.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu release date
2016 Chevrolet Malibu release date

Some of the most notable competitors for the new Chevrolet Malibu include the Toyota Camry, which has undergone some improvements in its handling and interior quality, along with a solid reputation for its reliability, therefore, making it a compelling choice.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu rear view, white color, taillights and tailpipe

Another vehicle worth looking at is the Ford Fusion, which offers impressive fuel economy, power, unique styling and an array of tech features, makes it one of my favorites. Other quality choices worth considering are the Nissan Altima, Mazda 6 and Honda Accord.

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New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Release Date, Specs & Info

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date, Diesel, Price, MPG – For 2016 model year, the Cruze will come with a brand new engine and a restyled body along with a likelihood of an 8-speed transmission system as well as hatchback and coupe models. Apart from the expected novelties, the good news is that the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be a little longer and roomier within.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze exterior, blue color

Unfortunately, the bad news is that it won’t be here for a while. General Motors has made it known that additional engineering works will have to delay a little bit by one year. It is imperative to note that the Cruze model is the best-selling car worldwide, so we shouldn’t expect a major departure from what we are used to.

2016 Chevrolet Cruz
2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Exclusive spy photos we have reveal the same greenhouse and basic proportions as the current model in the market, but with a slight aerodynamic styling on Cruze’s classic angles. With a slightly longer wheelbase, would-be users should expect an increased rear seat space – is one of the current model’s drawbacks, admittedly.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze rear view, taillights and tailpipe

A peak at the powerplant specs reveal that the top trims of the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will continue to be offered in standard 6-speed auto transmission system, while lower trim models will get a 6-speed manual. Finally, as Chevrolet looks to grow its small-car momentum, both coupe and hatchback versions will become distinct possibilities for the United States market.

Price & Release Date – 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

According to well-placed sources, the new Chevrolet Cruze 2016 is set to begin production before the fall of this year and go for sale the following spring.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze front view, grille and headlights

In order for the Cruze to win, it must grab buyer’s attention by persuading them to move away from reliable and trusted models like Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

Exterior Changes & Interior Colors for the New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Some of the important highlights for the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will include the following:

  • A light weight body. To start with, the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is a whopping 250lbs. lighter than the model it is replacing. Also, it is longer and therefore, offers more passenger and cargo volume. We must admit that it is quite impressive to be able to shed that amount of weight from a car this size, especially for a model that adds space, features and more safety components. With a lightweight body, you should expect lower costs, higher fuel economy ratings, snappy performance, and better handling.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz front
2016 Chevrolet Cruze front
  • Increased passenger room and comfort. The Cruze’s roomier interior and longer wheelbase should make it a leader. The vehicle has now added 2” of rear legroom. Also, Cruze’s wheelbase measuring 106.3” compares to Mercedes CLA 250.
  • Technology Upgrades. In terms of equipment technology, Cruze looks like a leader out of the gates, unleashing built-in Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Safety Features. The new Chevrolet Cruze will come with tons of safety systems and driver aides which will include cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Also, lane-keeping assist will aid the driver in wandering out of the lane, and to avoid frontal collisions will be the driver alerts. Another standard equipment will be a back-up camera.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz back
2016 Chevrolet Cruze back
  • Fuel Economy ratings. According to Chevy, the highway ratings will be rated at 40 mpg, but it will have to improve the ratings in order to remain competitive in the market. The new 1.4L turbocharged drivetrain yields up to 150 horsepower and 177 pounds of torque.
2016 Chevrolet Cruz interior
2016 Chevrolet Cruze interior
  • Exterior Styling. Undeniably, the previous model has attractive, but rather traditional looks. The new model breaks the mold with a fresh new look. It is 2.7” longer, 1” less and 1” less tall than the outgoing model.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Engine Specs – 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Most likely, a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine from General Motors’ new Ecotec engine family will replace the currently used 1.8L base engine. Despite being smaller, the new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine shouldn’t encounter any hurdles in topping up the current output of 138 hp.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze engine

As already mentioned, there will be a new 1.4L engine capable of yielding around 150 hp and 177 pounds of torque. Another likely engine is the 1.6L diesel engine that will be geared towards battling established players like the VW Golf and Jetta diesel engines, especially for those who want a hybrid powerplant. The greatest challenge will be how to improve on a fuel rating above 43 mpg for the purposes of beating the VWs.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 183.7 in
Width: 70.5 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 15.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3084 lbs
Top Speed: 125 mph
0-60: 8.0 sec
MPG: 29/41 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: N/A

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date, Review and Specs

The new 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is a massive crossover SUV that can shuttle lots of people and cargo. And remaining comfortable and fun while doing so. Aside from its illustrious utility functions, it offers unparalleled value for the money in terms of standard accessories available. It’s definitely a top pick in its class considering its immense abilities.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse front view, red color, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Release Date & Price

Chevy is yet to make its release date known yet, however, whispers within the large crossover SUV segment point to a possible release sometime in the second half of 2017. Pricing has been released and according to Chevy, the new model comes with a price starting from $28,000 – a reduction from the outgoing model which costs $31,205 thereby cementing further the Traverse value.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse release date

Review

Three things have changed: both the Traverse LS and LT models have gained an additional 7 horsepower. The existing model is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine hitched to a six-speed automatic transmission. While both the displacement and the transmission system remain the same, the power output has increased from 281 horsepower to 288 horsepower. However, the top-of-the-line model’s output have remained unchanged over the previous model. The other significant change has occurred on the trim lineup. The existing lineup consists of LS, LT, and LTZ, however, the LTZ gets replaced by Premier model/group. Lastly, the new model has seen a price drop or around $3,205.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse front view, grille and headlights

Aside from the changes, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior has also seen some improvements that Chevrolet is banking on to help it remain competitive in this segment awash with a plethora of alternatives. In addition to that, the Traverse comes with plenty of cargo space, top crash safety scores, a passenger seating capacity of up to eight passengers, and a smooth ride quality. Dimensions are as follows: length – 203.7”, height – 69.9”, and width – 78.5”. The maximum cargo capacity stands at 5,200 pounds – unchanged from the existing model.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse rear view, taillights and tailpipe

On the flipside though, its massive size augmented by its curb weight of 4,713 pound, makes it quite a hustle to drive. And the overall interior refinement is starting to show some grey areas given the Traverse age relative to fresher and newer models thronging the segment for a share of the spoils.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse side view, alloy wheels, headlights

In relation to GM’s crossover trio that also consists of 2017 GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave, the large Traverse could very well be seen as the blue-collar member. It comes with nearly the same set of standard features as its siblings, which therefore means it is well-equipped with fresh technologies. The Chevy Traverse interior has been reworked by GMC and now looks elegant and upscale than before. The ride quality is laudable, and while drivers may not feel as though they’re behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper, the unwieldy feel offered by the 40.4 ft. turning circle makes it easier to wheel around.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse red color, trunk

We could go on and on about how good the Chevrolet Traverse 2017 has become, however, other vehicles in the segment has also become better for the new model year. Some of these include Hyundai Santa FeFord Explorer, Honda Pilot 2016, and 2016 Toyota Highlander.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Spy photos for Exterior & Interior Redesigns

2017 Chevrolet Traverse dashboard, lcd screen adn steering wheel

Depending on the available seating configuration, the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is available with a seating capacity for up to eight passengers. LS, LT, and the top-of-the-line Premier are the trim levels available.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, leather seats and steering wheel

Exterior Chevrolet Traverse colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Mosaic Black Metallic, Sable Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Siren Red Tintcoat. The contents of the palette may change slightly on its release date, as Chevrolet is still in the process of making the full specs known.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse side angle, alloy wheels

Some of the standard accessories available for the Chevy Traverse include a rearview camera, dual USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic wipers and headlights, seventeen-inch steel wheels, and a 6.5” touchscreen display.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Engine Specs

Beneath the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is one engine – a 3.6L V6 engine – that offers an output of 288 horsepower and 270 lbs. ft. of torque. Fuel economy provided by the EPA stands at 18 mpg for combined city/highway cruising.

2017 Chevrolet Traverse engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 11.7 in. (203.7 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.5 in. (78.5 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 24.4 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4,713 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 7,3 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Mosaic Black Metallic, Sable Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, and Siren Red Tintcoat
Towing Capacity: 5200 lbs

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse front angle, headlights and grille

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2017 Chevrolet Traverse white color, grille and headlights

2017 Chevrolet Traverse rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels

2017 Chevrolet Traverse black color, front view, alloy wheels, grille and headlights

2017 Chevrolet Traverse steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, front and rear leather seats

2017 Chevrolet Traverse interior, trunk