A new report says General Motors has decided against producing a coupe version of the forthcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. We don't know how far into the development process a two-door Malibu made it, but renderings of the car were shown to journalists last week. When queried, however, GM design chief Ed Welburn told Inside Line, "A Malibu coupe could be a pretty nice car, but it is not in the plan right now."

GM introduced the new Malibu at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and has said it intends the car to be a truly global product sold in 100 countries. Shorter and wider than the old model, the new Malibu's proportions would have certainly lent themselves to a two-door – and we'd be lying if we said it wouldn't warm our hearts to see a "Chevelle" badge on the decklid.

Alas, the coupe market isn't what it once was, and Chevy clearly has other plans for positioning the car. A 38-mile-per-gallon Eco model was also announced at the New York introduction, taking advantage of GM's eAssist mild hybrid system currently used in the Buick line to improve the Malibu's fuel economy by five mpg compared to the 2012 model.

All standard 2013 Malibu's will be powered by a new 190-horsepower, 2.5-liter, direct injection four-cylinder. This may have influenced the decision against a coupe, which would have demanded a sportier engine. Also likely playing into Chevy's thinking is an increasingly crowded brand lineup. With new nameplates like the Sonic and Spark joining the one-year-old Cruze and Volt, Chevy sales and marketing has quite a lot on its plate already.


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      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anybody seriously expect a Malibu coupe? It seems highly unlikely, if they didn't do it with the last gen which sold very well, I doubt they'd do it now. The only coupe based on a family sedan, I like is the Altima coupe and that's only because it favors the old G35 a lot.
      MANARC100
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are a lot of cars in Chevys line up. Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette (with coupe and convertible as well as 4r vs. 5dr variations in there) Plus I think price point would have quite a bit of overlap with Camaro coupe. If they were to make a 4 cylinder coupe out of one of the models the Cruze makes the most sense. I could see that working out nicely with the 1.4L turbo as standard and Buicks 2.0t as the upgrade. Start it at 18,900 and keep the top most price under 26k which is around the price of a stripped out Camaro.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        Making something a coupe doesn't raise the price of a car. A Malibu Coupe with in the same trim levels as the 4dr, would most likely cost the same as the 4dr. So it overlapping with the Camaro wouldn't happen. Plus, if you were in the market for a Camaro (or something of the like), you won't be looking to anything FWD.
          MANARC100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I realize that its doesnt make it more expensive. The malibu starts at 24 and change and goes up to 30. The Camaro starts at 25 and change and goes up to well very high once ZL1 pricing is annoucned. The CTS coupe starts about $2500 more than the sedan, but your right it probably costs no more to build than the sedan. I completely agree it would be a different buyer. So my point was just simply if you were going to make a coupe out of Cruze or Malibu the Cruze would fit better. FWD turbo 4 clyinder performace cars are more prevelant in that segment of vehicles.
          WhiteNoma
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @Elmo- It all depends on how easily a car can be engineered to become a coupe from a 4 door platform. Cars like the Camaro and the Corvette originate as ideas of both coupe and convertible variants. R&D costs and production changes could cause the overall vehicle prices to rise accross the board. @Andrew- Just because the CAPRI competed with the Miata doesnt mean it competed well. Whens the last time you have seen a 1990's Capri driving around? (if you didnt own one or know someone with one) How bout a Miata?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Andrew, what in the hell are you talking about? Are you speaking of the Mercury Capri? That was the 90s, not the 21st century. The Camaro has more performance than what a potential Malibu Coupe would have. The Capri and Miata were close in performance rather than being seperated by miles like a Camaro SS would be to a potential Malibu Coupe with 270hp. Manarc, I completely agree. But if you look at it, the Nissan Altima Coupe and Honda Accord Coupe are both hot sellers, with the Altima Coupe 3.5SE being one extremely fun car to drive. I would like to see a Malibu Coupe with that 270hp 2.0T found in the Malibu's sister car, the Regal GS.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          God you really are retarded, Andrew. Read what WhiteNoma said. Show me how many Mercury Capris are on the road compared to the Miata.
          Andrew
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          My point is valud you cross show fwd and rearwd if they are similar someone might cross dhop a 3.6 fusion sport coupe with a 3.6 mustang don't be a fook
      Thunder938
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that its a diff. price point but I see alot of Audi A5 coupes on the road..And as for wagons LOVE THEM I have a CTS Wagon and its my SUV with good MPG
      ValiantEffort
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm okay with their not being a coupe version. Sedan is great looking, wagon would be interesting. Coupe, not so sure, but then again, I didn't see the press photos.
      FierySolstice
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have an 09 Malibu and I would rather have a coupe version, especially if it was called the Chevelle! I HATE sedans!
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Alas, the coupe market isn't what it once was..." It's kinda hard for the coupe market to be what it once was since mainstream (non-Musclecar) coupes are few and far between - You pretty much have to go with the Civic, Accord or Altima, or step up to the BMW 3 Series/Audi A5/Mercedes E-Class to get a coupe anymore.
        kcfenderfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        I totally agree, Brian. We always hear how people "don't buy coupes" and "don't buy hatchbacks" and "don't buy wagons", but they sure as heck don't buy any of them when they are simply not available at all.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      It they want to build a coupe, enthusiast would demand for a RWD with stick shift. This will not happen for the company's own good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
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        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        And each of the Detroit 3 have already tackled that with the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger.
      grimgrinning999
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't want a four door vehicle. Am I really in such a tiny minority?
        anonymous guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grimgrinning999
        You are not, Grimgrinning999. I, too, do not want a four door vehicle. It's sad that the choices are becoming so limited in the two-door sedan and two-door+hatch field. The main reason I don't want a four door vehicle is because the B-pillar is right against my shoulder. I like two doors because the B-pillar is farther back so it's easier to see out of and ingress/egress is easier as well. However, I'd never buy a Chevy even if they were the only two door choice on the market.
      leon_c
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is disheartening. I was looking forward to a Malibu coupe. What true coupe does this leave Chevrolet, or even GM with? The Camaro, Corvette, and and CTS? Those are all sports models that can get pricey for some consumers. A mid-size variation should be an option, but not even Ford offers something like this. Looks like Honda and Nissan are the only ones filling this part of the market.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, we're believing IL again. Honda and Nissan both produce coupe versions of their mid-sizes, and both are selling really well. Yes, the Fusion doesn't come in coupe form, and it is doing quite well without one. But I would like to see this Malibu get sporty. It looks sexy as hell as is.
        Andrew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Oh ant what do you based this on your eyes???? Face it coypes don't sell they have been on the decline ever since the batetta si don't believe everything you see byddy
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew
          Funny, I see Altima Coupes all over the place.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew
          Yes, I do base this on my eyes. I see Altima Coupes everywhere, plus I've SEEN multiple sources that show that both the Accord Coupe and Altima Coupe are selling extremely well with Honda and Nissan not backing down from producing them. What is this "batteta si" you speak of? Why don't you show me some sources that are saying coupes have been on a decline rather than spouting off BS like you usually do?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? Is that why there's massive amounts of Camaros, Challengers, and Mustangs in their lots?
      :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who designed the new Malibu??????? That man or woman should be getting a HUGE kiss/hug from the top GM brass! This Malibu is awesome looking. It blows away every other mid size car in the segment. The fact is the current Malibu is even still a looker. But this one is out the park. Good job Chevy!
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