We’ve known that the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is coming to Malaysia for quite a while, and now an ad posted on our sister classifieds site oto.my gives us crucial new details. It looks like the American D-segment sedan will be fielded here in 2.4 Ecotec form, with an indicative price of RM163,000.
If accurate, that would make it the most affordable 2.4/2.5 litre large sedan in Malaysia (not counting the sub-D-segment Suzuki Kizashi), undercutting the big-engined Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata by around RM10,000, and the Toyota Camry 2.5V by RM17,000. That’s a lot, even at this level.
Look beyond the blurry pictures and the Malibu appears rather handsome too (though it’s not the latest facelifed version), while its Camaro-inspired rear end is sure to draw attention. Its 2.4 litre Ecotec engine makes 165 hp and 225 Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels through a six-speed auto’box. Silly manual override switch on the gearknob, though.
The oto.my ad lists leather seats, sunroof, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, GPS navigation and ESP. Oh, and “best handling in class” too, apparently. Err, yeah, sure it does :).