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The new Malibu interior was designed to bring
an element of sophistication to everyday driving, featuring an all-new dual
cockpit design that creates an inviting, roomy and comfortable environment.
The increased width of the new Malibu means a more spacious cabin. Compared
to the previous model, it has nearly 4 cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior
volume, along with more shoulder and hip room.
The Malibu interior
features metallic, chrome or wood accents located around the shifter,
surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the
steering wheel. Soft, ice blue ambient lighting reflects off of and complements
chrome accents and ensures even, consistent illumination along the instrument
panel and in storage pockets. Ice blue lighting on the center stack dials,
exposed ice blue French contrast stitching, soft-touch and textured surfaces,
and strategic applications of noise-deadening materials add to Malibu's interior
The Malibu also has a number of storage areas, including a
radio face that articulates up and down to reveal a six-inch deep storage area
behind its seven-inch touch-screen radio display - a U.S. first in a midsize
car. Malibu will also offer a full range of the latest infotainment options,
including new color radio systems and an available navigation system.
Malibu will include Chevrolet's new MyLink infotainment package at launch. It
builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online
services like Pandora internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. MyLink integrates
wireless connectivity through Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of selected
smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed.
The 2013 Malibu features a global lineup of fuel-efficient
and powerful four-cylinder engines that complements its European-inspired
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L dual overhead cam,
four-cylinder engine with direct injection leads Malibu's engine lineup in North
America. It is expected to be one of the most efficient of its size in the
market. New features include enhanced authority continuously variable valve
timing, variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat that save fuel,
while delivering V-6-like performance. It is estimated the engine will be
SAE-certified at more than 190 horsepower (141 kW) and 180 lb-ft of torque (245
Nm). The new engine has noise-reducing features such as a cast exhaust manifold,
steel crank, low-noise timing chain and direct mount accessories that contribute
to a quiet-cabin experience.
The 2.5L is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40
six-speed automatic with features designed to enhance powertrain efficiency.
They include changes to clutch controls and hardware that improves shift
response and time. These changes enabled engineers to specify higher gearing to
improve cruising efficiency while maintaining acceleration performance and
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
delivers precise ride and handling. It has been engineered to be best-in-class
and on par with more expensive sports sedans.
Benefiting from continuous
refinement of an award-winning global architecture, engineers have tested, tuned
and calibrated the Malibu on rural roads, highways, freeways and GM validation
facilities around the world.
Contributing to the Malibu's ride and
handling characteristics are:
- A solid body structure as stiff as any in the global midsize sedan
market, allowing for precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control
- A premium steering gear for smooth, precise responsiveness and on-center
- Proven and continuously refined MacPherson strut front and multi-link
- Large, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, clamped on by
dual-piston front and single-piston rear aluminum calipers, which are
expected to deliver segment-best stopping distance
- An isolated engine cradle for tuned, refined feedback, without noise or
- Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power
steering, resulting in effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of
steering feel at higher speeds
- Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes,
full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control,
electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, corner brake
control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.
When it comes to safety features, the new
Malibu will be one of the best-equipped in the segment. The Malibu will also be
pedestrian protection-compliant in all markets where it is sold, and for the
first time in North America. Pedestrian protection design in the front of the
vehicle reduces the chance of secondary collision between the pedestrian and
engine block in car-pedestrian accidents.
OnStar is also included in Malibu's safety
features and includes Automatic Crash Response, as well as improved voice
recognition technology, remote diagnostics, remote door unlock, Stolen Vehicle
Slowdown and six months of uplevel Directions and Connections service that
includes Turn-By-Turn Navigation.
The new Malibu comes in LS, LT and LTZ
trim levels, with 10 exterior colors and four interior color combination choices
in North America, depending on the model. Malibu production in the United States
begins in early 2012. It will be built in multiple locations around the globe,
including the Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants in the United
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