The next gen Malibu will enter production beginning of next year, as 2013 models, being built on the Epsilon II chassis, and was first unveiled at the recent 2011 New York International Auto Show. The engine available for the new Malibu is the 2.5L I4 engine that produces 190 hp, with only an automatic 6-speed gearbox. The New Malibu will feature the all new “MyLink” system, which is a touch-screen system from the center console that works with wireless devices and can store information from a harddrive.
An all new design of the Malibu, even though it slightly looks like the previous model, and the new design shares few cues from the Camaro and Impala. The new design has been in development since the bankruptcy aftermath of GM and during this time, GM wasn’t sure to continue with making a next-gen Malibu, even though they expected sales to reach near 200,000 examples in America alone for the follow years.
Even though the bankruptcy has slowed things down for the new cars by GM, but the new Malibu is actually being pushed forward, which would answer a common question aobut the 2013 model being put into production almost a complete year early, part of the reason for such an early push for the new Malibu is that, it’s been said to go against it’s rivals sooner before they receive updates or redesigns to upkeep with the move, because it being a 2013 model, it’s much newer than the rivals that are currently out there, such as the new Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Suzuki Kizashi.
The all new Chevrolet Malibu is said to be sold all around the world, along side the current Cruze, that the new Malibu is to replace some other mid-size cars made by GM in China and in other parts of the Pacific Belt. Because this car is to be sold around the world, there might be some markets were the car is given a different name, and even a different badge.
Other information such, as performance figures and prices have not been released yet, but possibly end of the year, then production is said to begin in January.