2014 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign and Release Date

Chevy - The 2014 Malibu packs real interior and exterior updates into the long-running ‘Bu nameplate. The nose marks out the biggest change and shows a new take on the split-bar grille appearance of Chevy sedans. Perhaps most critically, Chevy’s press images show a car in dark grey metallic paint that significantly enhances the perceived value of the car. 

2014 Chevrolet Malibu picture

Inside, although 2014 Chevy Malibu has added more usefulness in seating and storage, not much has changed with respect the design; big square-ringed gauges sit behind a thick steering wheel at a lower vantage point, and the center console gets a perimeter of glossy grey plastic. Elsewhere inside, there’s a redesigned center console with a longer armrest, a pair of cupholders, and storage for two cellphones. The trunk is large on gas-only models; Eco sedans lose a couple of cubic feet to their battery pack.

The new Malibu has more than 1 inch of extra rear legroom versus last year, but is still down more than 4 inches versus the larger 2008 model. Ambient interior lighting creates a quasi-premium indigo light effect on the inside of the car at night. Interesting surfaces and new faux-wood designs are also in the cards for 2014, but only previous GM drivers will feel like this is a truly classy or premium cockpit.

The big news for the volume model is an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder that packs automatic stop/start in traffic, still-impressive (but slightly lower) horsepower and torque figures as well as fuel economy that gets close to last year’s dedicated Eco model.

The new 2.5-liter engine is pretty sophisticated with direct injection, dual overhead camshafts and a new-to-GM iVLC two-step variable valvetrain technology. All models are paired with a six-speed automatic with gearstick buttons for manual override. Performance is expected to match the previous model’s 8.3-second 0-to-60 mph time before topping out at a limited 130 mph max speed.

The revised 2014 Malibu Release Date late summer 2013 at Chevrolet dealer lots nationwide. Here’s hoping these dealers can clear the inventory of existing Malibus before then, or a repeat of last year’s botched launch is certainly in the cards. No 2013 Malibu’s have been made since December 2012.Pricing is expected to stay consistent with the previous model’s low $23,000 base price, increasing to $34,000 with every option on the 2LT Turbo.

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