2011 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- GM unveils the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu at both the New York and Shanghai auto shows.
- The new Chevrolet Malibu will offer a four-cylinder engine only when it goes on sale later this year.
- The midsize sedan's wheelbase has been cut by 4.5 inches, but its overall length remains roughly the same.
NEW YORK — Celebrating its world car status, General Motors planned a simultaneous debut this week at both the 2011 New York Auto Show and 2011 Shanghai Auto Show for its all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.
The midsize sedan's wheelbase has been cut by 4.5 inches, but its overall length remains roughly the same. Width has been increased by nearly 3 inches.
Along with the slightly smaller overall size, the 2013 Malibu will also downsize its engine lineup. The Malibu now offers a new 190-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine only. The direct-injected DOHC Ecotec engine is expected to make 180 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission will be the only gearbox available to U.S. buyers.
Not much changes on the chassis side. There are still MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup in back along with electric steering and four-wheel disc brakes. The wheels will range in size from 17 to 19 inches.
You may notice some obvious Chevrolet design cues in this Malibu, and it was fully intentional. "We wanted to bring a sport sensibility to the family sedan segment," said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director of design for GM.
Edmunds.com says: Actual production of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu doesn't start until early next year. That should give Chevrolet plenty of time to work the kinks out before it heads to America and abroad. — Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line