The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be more expensive when the next-generation family sedan starts selling in August. The base model has a starting price of $23,150 (which includes a $760 destination charge). The 2013 Malibu is powered by General Motors’ new 2.5-liter engine. This is just a bit higher than the base 2012 model, which costs $22,870 with destination charges.
In addition, it is priced higher than the redesigned mid-sized sedans of its major rivals. It is priced $870 higher than the base 2013 Altima and is $335 more expensive than the base 2012 Toyota Camry. The prices for the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which will start selling this fall, have yet to be announced. GM said that those who buy the redesigned Malibu would get more value for what they pay compared to the outgoing Malibu.
The 2.5-liter engine can deliver 197hp, or about 17% higher than the 2.4-liter engine used by the outgoing model. In addition, the Malibu has a more spacious and more silent cabin. The Malibu LS base model is likely not to offer a significant improvement in fuel economy compared to the existing Malibu. The mileage ratings from the EPA have yet to be assigned but GM claims that the Malibu model with the 2.5-liter engine has a mileage that’s competitive for the segment, with highway mileage likely to reach the mid-30s.
On the highway, the outgoing Malibu could achieve 33 mpg. For those who want a frugal car, they would probably consider the Malibu Eco, which GM launched in March, around six months before the engine options.
Malibu Eco costs $26,095, including destination charges. It is powered by GM's 2.4-liter engine partnered with an eAssist mild hybrid system to return 37 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in city driving. In the first five months of 2012, Malibu sales increased by 11% to 110,035, making it the best-selling car of GM. It is also the No. 2 nameplate behind the Silverado pickup.
The brand new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu made its international first appearance with concurrent launchings in the United States and China. However, these are only two of the almost 100 countries found in six continents where it will be available. The Malibu is already a big part of the brand’s history as Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan but this new generation is expected to delight its customers all over the world with its ride performance, fuel-efficient powertrains, advanced technologies and expressive designs.
The present-model Malibu is credited for having changed how people think about Chevrolet. Comparatively, this all-new Chevrolet Malibu builds on what it has to offer with its enhanced styling, content and features, craftsmanship, fuel efficiency and dynamic capabilities that go up against high-end sedans, according to Rick Scheidt, Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing.
Bryan Nesbitt, Executive Director for GM Exterior Design and Chevrolet Brand Champion, said that to bring a “sporty sensibility” to the family sedan class, the exterior design of the all-new Chevrolet Malibu carries the same attributes from the Camaro and Corvette.
Its broader stance, wider shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler make the Malibu acquire a bolder and more athletic look.
It has a 62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are over 2 inches (51 mm) wider than its predecessor. It also has a 4.5-inch (114 mm) shorter wheelbase.
Furthermore, its exterior design has gained new Camaro-inspired LED dual-element taillamps and Chevrolet's dual-port grille, bigger Chevrolet bow-tie badges on the front and rear, and projector HID headlamps. Lastly, a range of large 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels completes its look.