Chevrolet is abandoning the elegant design of the current-generation Malibu for what Monty Python might call "something completely different."
"The term I used on the last car was 'elegance,' elegance in the profile and the length," Bryan Nesbitt, General Motors' executive director for North America exterior design and global architecture strategy, said of the current-generation Malibu. "This is definitely a sporty persona, not an elegant persona."
The 2013 Malibu has been significantly re-engineered and restyled to create a wider sedan with more interior space. Chevrolet says the Malibu is quieter, offers better fuel economy, additional safety features, and ride and handling comparable to some European models.
"This car puts us right in the heart of the market as a viable, credible car to be reckoned with" in the mid-sized segment, said Russ Clark, Chevrolet's marketing director.
The 2013 Malibu was developed on GM's front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform, which is shared with the Buick LaCrosse and Regal. Production of the 2013 Malibu is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012.