Sporting hints of the Camaro as well as the familiar Malibu front grille, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan is being teased to the world with a single photo and video in advance of two major auto shows – Shanghai and New York, both in mid-April.
Showgoers in Shanghai will get the up-close-and-personal first encounters with the Malibu on April 19, coinciding with Chevy’s reveal live on Facebook. The Malibu will also be at the New York International Auto Show from April 23 through May 1.
The 2013 model represents the Malibu’s eighth generation. Originally debuting in 1964, the Malibu has been a consistent top-selling family sedan for Chevrolet during those 47 years. What’s different about this one is that the same vehicle will be sold globally – and it’s the first Chevy mid-size car to do so. The Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries across six continents and will be assembled in multiple locations, including China and two in the United States.
UPDATE: GM has just released this interior photo of the Malibu via Facebook.
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New model introductions are all about the look. At least, that’s what gets consumer attention. From the teaser photo and video, featuring Malibu lead exterior designer Dan Gifford, the new mid-size Chevy sedan certainly lives up to its design intent.
“We knew we had to really reach on this new design,” Gifford says in the video. “We wanted to make it more athletic, more aggressive and appeal to people in that way.”
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Design cues of the new Malibu – “DNA,” in Gifford’s words -- come from Chevy’s performance cars, Camaro and Corvette. Width has been added to the Malibu to keep it firmly planted on the road and help with handling. The result for consumers is a car that is fun-to-drive, but also one that “lets its hair down a bit.” But it also just plain looks good standing still, helped, no doubt, by the striking look of the hood and decklid that catch the light. Well, that’s what Gifford says. You’ll have to watch the video – or check out the full reveal in coverage from Shanghai and live on Chevy’s Facebook page at 8:30 p.m. EDT April 18.
Chevy says Malibu will feature a global family of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines and six-speed transmissions. AutoWeek reports the engine lineup will likely include the 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines used on a number of GM cars, including the Buick Regal. As for the underpinnings, AutoWeek says the Malibu is expected to share some of the Regal’s hardware – originating from GM’s European division Opel. The publication speculates that a light hybrid version with eAssist, debuting on the Buick LaCrosse and Regal this year, might also be in the works.
All we know from Chevy is that the Malibu’s “European-inspired driving characteristics were engineered to challenge the best in its class.”Chevy’s best-selling nameplate
2011 Chevrolet MalibuEnlarge Photo
Sales of the Malibu in 2010 were nearly 200,000 – making the Malibu Chevrolet’s (and GM’s) best-selling nameplate last year. Chevy also says the Malibu is one of its “most-decorated vehicles in the U.S., earning more than 40 industry awards since 2008.”
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The Malibu has racked up more than 600,000 sales worldwide since 2008 – the year the Malibu was named the North American Car of the Year.
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With its eighth-generation Malibu, Chevrolet is looking to attract many more global customers. The key for U.S. consumers is how will it play here?
FamilyCarGuide will stay on top of Malibu developments and keep you in the loop. For now, let us know what you think of Chevy Malibu’s new look (from what little we can see here) in the comments section below.
Also check out Marty Padgett’s story on the new Malibu in TheCarConnection.