2016 Chevrolet Malibu Gets Tested Hard in New Teaser

Prepared for the punishment of the daily grind.

People don't think of mainstream cars as tough, but they should. Simple commuter cars endure a day-in, day-out strain that requires a huge amount of durability to outlast. Stop-and-go traffic, potholes, and a variety of weather conditions are par for the course for mainstream vehicles. Nobody sees a rainstorm and thinks, "No, I better not drive the Malibu today. I'll keep it safe in the garage."

To make sure the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu can stand up to well beyond the usual pain of daily driving, General Motors engineers put the upcoming mid-size sedan through a barrage of brutal testing. In a new teaser video for the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the sedan trudges through specially designed road courses pockmarked with vicious potholes, deep puddles, and nasty weather.

Engineers simulate daily use by repeatedly slamming doors, hoods, and trunklids; diving into steep driveway entrances; and spraying the car with road salt. Extreme conditions outside of GM's Milford Proving Grounds include putting the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu through sweltering heat in Yuma, Arizona and horrific cold in northern Canada.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu mule featured in the teaser is no more revealing that previous spy shots we've seen, but Chevy promises the car will have a dramatic and expressive design. Look for a more rounded nose and a sleek coupe-like roofline. Curb weight is said to drop by 300 pounds as a result of more high-strength lightweight steel, even though the new car will grow in length to improve interior room. We expect a smaller turbocharged engine to replace the existing 2.5-liter four-banger, possibly the 1.4-liter turbo from the Sonic and Cruze, or the 2.0-liter turbo used widely in Buick and Cadillac vehicles.

GM will reveal the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu at the New York auto show. It will arrive in showrooms late in 2015.

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