Chevrolet Malaysia has teased a new model on its Facebook page with a “Coming Soon” caption. The distinctive double square LED tail lights tell us that the upcoming model is the Chevrolet Malibu. The Cruze’s big brother will battle in the D-segment sedan arena dominated by the Camry, Accord and Teana.
This will come as no surprise to paultan.org readers, though. We’ve told you that the Malibu was coming since January, when a dealer flyer featured the big sedan. In March, another dealer posted an ad on classifieds site oto.my, promoting a 2.4 Ecotec Malibu with an indicative price of RM163,000.
More recently, we ourselves spotted a black Malibu at Naza Auto Mall, and a check with sales personnel revealed an estimated price of RM175k and a RM15k discount for the first 500 early birds. The Chevy is imported CBU from South Korea.
Underpinned by GM’s Epsilon II platform, the global car is available with engines ranging from a 2.4 Ecotec (165 hp/225 Nm) to a 3.0 V6 with 260 hp/290 Nm. There’s also a 260 hp 2.0 turbo and a 160 hp/350 Nm 2.0 VCDI diesel motor. We will most likely get the naturally-aspirated 2.4 litre Ecotec.
Not sure about how it drives, but the Malibu brings something different to the segment – there’s a whiff of “American muscle” from the Camaro-inspired rear end, but that’s as far as the “muscle” goes.
Chevrolet Malibu at Naza Auto Mall
Chevrolet Malibu at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show