After the redesigned 2013 Chevy Malibu failed to compete with other models like the Accord, Fusion and Camry, GM has ordered an emergency refresh.
It’s been widely reported that the new 2013 Chevy Malibu has failed to excite the media and more importantly midsize sedan buyers. Following the steps that Honda took with the new Civic, GM has ordered an emergency refresh for the 2014 Chevy Malibu. According to GM, the 2014 Malibu is now roomier, more refined and more efficient execution of its midsize sedan. It also gets updated styling, a revised interior, a new 2.5L standard engine and suspension enhancements.
On the outside the Malibu gets a revised face that is influenced by the all-new Impala. The front fascia features a new, more prominent lower grille and the hood extends down and over the leading edge of a narrower upper grille. The grille openings – with black grille texture – are wider and accented with chrome.
Inside, redesigned seats contribute to greater rear-seat space and greater comfort. The front seatbacks are shaped to improve rear-seat knee room, while new cushion sculpturing and revised cushion material allow passengers to sit deeper in the rear seats. Approximately half an inch was trimmed from the front of the rear seat cushion, for greater comfort behind passengers’ legs. The Malibu’s redesigned center console has a longer armrest designed for greater comfort, along with a pair of cup holders and dedicated storage for two cell phones.
The 2014 Malibu gets a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine as its standard engine. It packs 196 horsepower and new start/stop technology shuts down the 2.5L engine to save fuel when the Malibu stops momentarily, such as at stoplights, contributing to an estimated 5-percent increase in city fuel economy. The 2014 Malibu’s available 259-hp 2.0L turbo engine delivers nearly 14 percent more torque than its predecessor at 295 lb-ft.
“We made changes within 18 months, demonstrating an unprecedented commitment to make the Malibu the best car it can be,” said Ken Kelzer, executive chief engineer, global full-size and midsize cars. “The 2014 Malibu has been engineered to deliver more precise ride and handling that is on par with more expensive sports sedans.”