FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Value And Luxury From Chevrolet Malibu
Based on the same platform as the Vauxhall Insignia, it will become Chevrolet’s flagship car in Europe and has the potential to become a high value alternative to the D Segment’s mainstream fleet workhorses. Previous generations of the Malibu were sold only in North America.
Visually, very little is shared between the Malibu and Insignia. All of the exterior body panels are unique to the Chevrolet, and the interior has been redesigned too, with clever features including a cubby hole hidden behind the satellite navigation screen.
The styling changes are most obvious at the rear of the car, where the Malibu has a more muscular shoulder line and tail lamps inspired by the Camaro.
Drivetrain options are also unique. In Europe, buyers will be able to choose from a 2.0-litre 164bhp petrol and 2.4-litre 169bhp diesel engine with either manual or automatic gearboxes. Official economy figures have yet to be announced.
‘The Malibu will come on top of the seven new entries launched in Chevrolet's centennial year,’ said Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. ‘The Chevrolet Malibu is the brand's new top-of-the-range offering, bringing proven value with a premium feel to Europe's midsize segment’