In just its second year on the market, the eighth generation Chevrolet Malibu was significantly updated for the 2014 model year, and now the popular mid-size sedan is receiving a few more enhancements for 2015. The biggest news is that the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu will be the first of dozens of General Motors vehicles to introduce the latest OnStar technology that features 4G LTE data connectivity.
This data service comes standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu. It allows the car to become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and it comes with a three-month/3GB trial period. Chevrolet says that OnStar with 4G LTE is 10 times faster than a 3G connection and 100 times faster than the previous OnStar system, which will make it easier for users to stay entertained and better connected on the road.
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Complementing its new styling updates last year, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is also adding four new colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Butte Red, Sable Metallic and Autumn Bronze Metallic. While these changes are relatively minor (especially considering the 2014 upgrades), they are necessary to help keep the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at pace in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment.
Chevrolet has yet to say when the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu or what its pricing will be, but the sedan will still be offered in six trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LTZ and 2LTZ. In base form and in all trim levels except for the 3LT and 2LTZ, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu comes with the 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which includes standard stop/start technology, helping it return an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. The 3LT and 2LTZ models will add the more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces 259 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.