2013 Chevy Malibu Revealed With 4-Cylinder Power and 35-MPG

2013 Chevy Malibu Revealed With 4-Cylinder Power and 35-MPG

After much buildup Chevy has finally revealed the new 2012 Malibu ahead of its debuts this week at the Shanghai and New York Auto Shows. Nearly three-inches wider and with a big new grille, the Malibu cuts an imposing look more along the likes of what we’re using to seeing from the full-size sedan segment. Boxy flared rear fenders show a design influence from the Camaro, as do square taillights.

The Camaro theme also continues inside with gauges inspired by the iconic sports car. But this is no retro machine with a high-tech color flip-screen built into the dash that is used for the new Chevy MyLink telematics system used to operate many of the car’s high-tech features.

The car’s added width results in improved room inside the vehicle says Chevy, plus there’s more rear legroom too. The added width also translates to improved handling. With a MacPherson strut front end and multi-link rear GM claims, “It has been engineered to be best-in-class and on par with more expensive sports sedans.”

Powering the car is a new 2.5-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder making 190-hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. During the car’s reveal, it was announced that a version of the Malibu will get more than 35-mpg.

GM has indicated that the Malibu will only be available as a 4-cylinder mode, but look for a more potent turbocharged 4-cylinder within the next year.

And because the Malibu is a family car it will come with plenty of safety equipment including 10 airbags and OnStar, plus an optional rearview camera and lane departure warning system with forward collision alert.

Look for live photos Wednesday, March 20th from the car’s debut at the New York Auto Show and see AutoGuide’s complete preview and coverage of the show here.

GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Malibu


  • Chad

    190 HP and no option for a manual shift? What is the point? Talk about wasted HP.

  • Jason

    What is going on with the tacky fake wood? Doesn’t belong looks very cheap

  • Randy

    its beautiful! but very dissapointed that you cant get an6cyl or 8 cyl!

    i have a 2010 and the car deservs to have 300hp do to its size! come on chevy, wheres you balls! the kias and hyundais are gonna blow the doors off of this thing on the road and in the sales too. now you just made a buick!