Posted on: Apr 20, 2011
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Shanghai 2011: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu


Chevrolet has used this year's Shanghai Motor Show to debut the all-new Chevrolet Malibu. The relevance of this car to the brand couldn't be more important, so it was vital to improve on the outgoing model and build an even better one. The new Malibu is built on an updated version of GM's Epsilon platform and comes standard with an all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder with direct fuel injection, and variable intake and exhaust valve timing.

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Exact numbers haven't been released, but we're told to expect around 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded engine will most likely be the Buick Regal's turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec that produces 220 hp. No V6 engine will be offered. A six-speed transmission is also standard. The most notable changes, however, are the interior and exterior. The latter is a clear evolution of the current model's styling, but with a more prominent grille, a creased hood, projector headlights, and Camaro-like LED taillights.
Chevrolet put a huge emphasis on the new interior with high-quality materials throughout. A color touch screen, which contains the radio controls, hinges up to reveal a six-inch deep storage bin. Other options include navigation, lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems, and a rear-view camera.

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