The Chevrolet Malibu, Cruz, and Spark are all getting a facelift.
Chevrolet has recently announced their plans for 2019 amidst recent reports that the Sonic subcompact and Impala full-size sedan will be discontinued next year. Chevy only mentions three cars: the Malibu, Cruz, and Spark, making it seem even more likely that the company will announce the demise of the Sonic and Impala in the near future.
But the good news is the Malibu, Cruz, and Spark all survive for at least another refresh. All of Chevy’s surviving cars are getting a new front end and a few are even getting additional trim levels.
“We are committed to offering consumers a full lineup of products with fresh designs, new technologies and efficient powertrain options,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet, in a statement. “The investments we have made in Spark, Cruze and Malibu will help position the brand for success in competitive segments that still make up a significant part of the total industry.”
So what’s new? Starting with the Malibu, there is the aforementioned redesigned front fascia, but also a brand new trim level to go along with the five it already has. The RS trim sounds like it’ll be the funky, sporty trim that adds a rear spoiler, leather steering wheel, black trim accents, a dual exhaust, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
These features were previously available on the LT trim, so Chevy must have crunched the numbers and realized it made sense to package them all together in another trim level.
There’s also going to be a brand new CVT on the standard 1.5-L turbocharged engine.
The Cruze gets remote starting and automatic climate control as standard features on the LT and Premiere trim when previously they were optional extras. The Cruze Hatchback gets an all-new trim, the LS, but no details as to what it entails.
The itty-bitty Spark gets a new front end, new interior trim, and low-speed automatic braking.
All of Chevy’s cars get either a 7-inch or 8-inch display for their center console infotainment systems.
News of the refresh seems to all but confirm the deaths of the Sonic and Impala. This means the Spark will take over duties in the subcompact market, while the full-size sedan segment is completely abandoned.