Sneak Peek: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy has announced that it will unveil a show-car version of the next-gen Malibu simultaneously at the Shanghai auto show and on Facebook. Yes, really. The reveal will take place at 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 18th, meaning that in several U.S. time zones, Chevy’s big reveal is at the same time as “American Idol.” Along with the news, Chevy released a teaser photo of the car’s Camaro-inspired taillamps, as well as a teaser video about the design of the new ‘Bu. We’ve taken some screencaps and embedded the video below.

The 2012 Malibu is touted as “all-new,” but as we saw in recent spy photos, should largely resemble the current car. The sedan will ride on an evolution of the Epsilon architecture and feature a redesigned interior. We expect it to offer a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making about 180 hp and a 3.0-liter V-6 good for 260. Fuel economy—already a strong suit for the Malibu at 22 mpg city/33 highway for the four—should improve to keep pace with rivals’, and the Malibu may even get its own version of Buick’s eAssist hybrid system.

We’ll bring you the full details on the 2012 Malibu when it takes the stand at the Shanghai show, and live coverage from its U.S. debut at the New York auto show the next day.

Thanks to: Car and Driver


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