2013 Chevrolet Malibu officially unveiled ahead of Shanghai Auto Show


Just as expected, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is officially out of the bag before its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, which will be available over 100 markets wordwide. The new model provides a wholly new design with a more efficient powertrain.

With the new design, the 2013 Malibu is wider to provide more legroom and cargo space than the previous generation model. It has a wider stance, broad shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler to give the 2013 Malibu a more aggressive stance. The latest Malibu has a 4.5-inch shorter wheelbase and 62-inch front and rear tracks that are more than 2 inches wider than the previous model.

The overall design of the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is aerodynamically efficient, which comes with front active shutter system in the air duct to save fuel and reduce wind noise. Noticeably is the rear end, which mimics the styling of the Chevrolet Camaro with square-shaped tail lights; but those LED tail lights only available on the LTZ trim level.

And under the hood of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, it is equipped with a direct-injection 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The dual overhead-cam engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. New features include continuously variable valve timing, variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat to save fuel consumption. No claims on the fuel economy rating yet, but we expect it to be around at least 32 miles per gallon on the highway.

As for the interior, the Malibu features metallic is donned in chrome or wood accents throughout. It consist of soft ice blue illumination along the instrument panel. Soft and textured surfaces the Malibu’s interior refinement.

Another new feature to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is the new MyLink infotainment package, which is integrated with the OnStar system to provide online services like Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink integrates wireless connectivity with Bluetooth technology for hands-free use on smart phone apps.