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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yesterday, we revealed the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to you here at the New York Auto Show, and we were pleasantly surprised by the announcement of the 38 mile-per-gallon Malibu Eco model. Today, we bring you live shots of both cars now that the flashbulbs have dimmed enough to allow us a better look at both models.

As stated earlier, the new Malibu now rides on General Motors' Epsilon II architecture, and in this application, it's at once shorter and wider than the departing model. It's also a good bit more handsome than the already well-sculpted outgoing car. While the front-end is evolutionary, with its twin port grille and similar headlamps, it's the rear end that gains the most definition. Many felt the previous-gen model looked great until it got to the rear-end, which sort of felt like the designers ran out of inspiration when they got past the rear window. The new car remedies this with three-dimensional taillamps inspired by the Camaro (and looking more than a bit like the Lexus GS from certain angles).

The eAssist mild-hybrid Eco model doesn't look appreciably different from the standard 2.5-liter range, despite registering 26 mpg in the city and 38 out on the highway. Alterations include 17-inch wheels on low rolling-resistance tires, four underbody shields that cover about 50 percent of the vehicle's dirty bits, as well as model-specific side mirrors and the expected badging.

Inside, more Camaro influence can be seen thanks to items like the 'squircle' gauges. Materials are noticeably richer than before, and high-end detailing like contrasting ice blue stitching on the LTZ's leather seats and increased ambient lighting lend the cabin a more premium aura.

Additionally, we're looking forward to getting some time with Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, as well, but it looks promising, with a crisp high-resolution screen (with integrated storage beneath for phones and such) and the ability to link-in to online music services like Pandora and Stitcher.

Check both models out for yourself in our high-res galleries below.




Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      what a confounding design! Every photo makes it look different. Some angles look fantastic. Some photos make it lookg ugly. Other photos make it seem sleek, others make it very awkward. Some colors look awesome, others make it look like an "Anycar" in some insurance ad. The interior looks great in this photo set. I really am going to have to see this car in person.
      avinash Machado
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice MPG.
      Renaurd
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful car, the side view is gorgeous, miles ahead of the competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Confused!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man did they hit this with the FUGLY Stick.... 1) the C Piller looks lifted right off of Camry 2) the Trunk Deck Lid looks lifted right off of prev gen BMW 7 series 4) The Camaro Tails Lights are Obnoxious on a Family Sedan. Sorry but Styling wise...Total FAIL!!!!
      srmcg
      • 4 Years Ago
      that wood on the steering wheel looks really cheap and nasty. and the steering wheel is still far too big
        Tone
        • 4 Years Ago
        @srmcg
        "Far too big" would be a 380 or 390 mm diameter rim. Big for a family sedan. This is a 370...right in the sweet spot for family sedans (BMW actually targets 368 as the "golden" number). 380s are usually reserved for large luxury sedans. 390s typically for trucks. 360s are generally for sport coupes, high performance vehicles and perhaps small segment vehicles. There's nothing wrong with the wheel in this vehicle. Also, the wood looks fine. But I won't knock you for your own personal opinion...
      No
      • 4 Years Ago
      The interior also still has GM's layers and layers of discrete plastic bits and pieces, which means it's a high squeak and rattle risk down the road. The new one piece soft touch dashes like in the EDGE or even what looks to be in the kia rio look a lot better, sleeker, simpler and should be less susceptible to rattles and squeaks.
        Hazdaz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @No
        Talk about jumping to conclusions. While normally the smaller number of pieces would mean less possibility of rattles, it ultimately comes down to the way the interior is all fastened together - that darker-colored top section could indeed be one larger piece and that black band in the middle could be applied after the fact as more of a decoration. But all of that is pure speculation and it looks like the interior of the current Malibu seems to have held up well in tests, so saying that this one will squeak and rattle is based on nothing more than pure guessing. Acura has a slightly similar design to this Malibu and I doubt that car's interior squeaks or rattles.
      Chris
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the exterior a lot. Better than the Fusion by a long way. The Interior is ok style wise but some of the details are horrible. That wood plastic is just puke nasty. I couldn't be in that interior at all. Ditch that and it would be good.
      joejoe509
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's growing on me but I still think the Malibu will be soon left behind with so much new competition.
      Brenton Forshey
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fake wood on the steering wheel is absolutely horrific, and the rest of the interior is a mess of cut-lines and conflicting shapes. Who approved this?
        Matt Wood
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Brenton Forshey
        I agree. Hopefully there's a box you can check to get rid of that nasty, leopard print, fake wood grain. Other than that, I like the interior.
          Renaurd
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Matt Wood
          The trunks not closed to let the viewer look inside.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Brenton Forshey
        That fake wood is horrendous. I'd really like to know who approved that. It looks like something that belongs in a 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood, and that is FAR from a compliment.
      Alterego
      • 4 Years Ago
      38 highway is great for a car this size.
        Clem Zahrobsky
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Alterego
        i bet it will do beter in actual driving as our 3800 impala get 30+ on the interstate running a 65/70MPH
      Confused!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH and I forgot to add that they are still going with that two tone saddle "puke" brown & black interior.... Will GM ever learn.....and dont get me started on the Holy Crusader Cross accross the Belt front Beltline.... A bow tie my arse....Chevy really needs a NEW LOGO
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