The Malaysian D-segment sedan market is set to welcome a newcomer in the form of the Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu is listed as ‘coming soon’ in a flyer by an official Chevrolet dealer based in Butterworth, shared by reader Bindy.
The flyer doesn’t say how much, or when the Malibu is coming, so you’ll have to make do with some background info. Previously a US nameplate, the latest Malibu, like the Cruze, was designed to be a global car intended for nearly 100 markets in six continents.
If you’re familiar with Singapore, you might have noticed the car the Malibu will replace in our part of the world – the dreary Epica (epic fail) is used as a taxi in the city state.
The new Malibu will take on D-segment (or midsize in North America) stalwarts like the Toyota Camry/Honda Accord, as well as Koreans Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. It looks pretty handsome, and there’s a hint of muscle in the rear ‘inspired by Camaro’ design.
Underpinned by GM’s Epsilon II platform, the Malibu comes with a range of engines, depending on market. There’s a 2.4 litre Ecotec (165 hp/225 Nm), a 2.5 litre with 197 hp/259 Nm, a 3.0 V6 with 260 hp/290 Nm, or even a 2.0 turbo with 260 hp and 353 Nm. A 160 hp/350 Nm 2.0 VCDI diesel engine is also in the range.
The flyer shows the latest Malibu in its original form, first seen at Shanghai 2011. Just one and a half years after the eighth-gen rolled off the assembly line in October 2011, GM introduced a facelifted Malibu for the US market. The model year 2014 Malibu carries minor aesthetic, powertrain and interior changes.