Automotive News reports that GM executives have high praise for the new Chevrolet Malibu. At an investor conference in October, GM product development chief Mark Reuss reportedly said the Malibu would have, “groundbreaking design but also groundbreaking technology.”
“When is the last time you saw a [midsize] car this distinctive and this dramatic from General Motors?” he reportedly told investors.
Similarly, GM global design chief Ed Welburn told Automotive News that the next Chevrolet Malibu will have a, “very passionate design” that will, “make a significant statement.”
When our spy photographers caught camouflaged prototypes of the next Chevrolet Malibu testing, it was clear the midsize sedan will have a very different look compared to today’s model. The new car’s greenhouse appears to slope more dramatically in the four-door coupe style seen on rivals like the Ford Fusion and Chrysler 200, and the car’s nose could take on a sleeker, more rounded look.
It’s also possible the next Chevrolet Malibu could ditch its current 2.5-liter inline-four base engine in favor of a smaller turbocharged four, possibly the 1.4-liter turbo used in several Chevrolet products. The Malibu’s 259-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four could remain as the upgrade engine.