The 2013 Malibu features an all new design, bringing Chevy's midsize sedan in line with the style statements with its fellow stable mates, which "brings a sporty sensibility to the family sedan segment," according to Bryan Nesbitt, executive director for GM exterior design,
The Malibu interior features metallic, chrome or wood accents located around the shifter, surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the steering wheel, while soft ice blue lighting takes care of the interior feel and ambiance.
Powerplant options announced for China are 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter Ecotec SIDI engines. An all-new Ecotec 2.5L dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine with direct injection leads Malibu's engine lineup in North America. Chevrolet expects it to be one of the most efficient of its size in the market. New features include enhanced authority continuously variable valve timing, variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat that save fuel, while delivering V-6-like performance.
Also, as part of Chevrolet's celebration of Earth Day, the company also revealed the 2013 Malibu ECO, touted as the heir to being the most fuel efficient midsize sedan in Chevy's 100 year history. It features eAssist "light electrification" technology, which is engineered to deliver an estimated 11.1 km/l (26 mpg) in city driving and 16.2 km/l (38 mpg) on the highway.