The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, having stared at the Impala across the showroom floor for a year, gets nips and tucks all over inspired by its larger brother. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the base car will get a stop-start system and 23 city miles per gallon, 35 highway, each number representing a one-mpg improvement over the 2013 car. Output is 196 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque.

Opt for the 2.0-liter turbo and, while power holds steady at 259 hp, torque goes up by 14 percent to a striking 295 lb-ft (a figure Chevy calls best in the class). The final details include newly programmed transmission shift points and faster shifts, for better engaging and enjoying the added power.

For the 2.0-liter turbo, torque goes up by 14 percent to a striking 295 lb-ft.

Looks-wise, the grille's been reshaped to be more in line with the new Chevrolet look, a narrower upper grille hovering over a larger lower grille. You can get a look for yourself in our gallery of images, which should also grow substantially over the course of the day, as Chevy releases more pictures.

Inside we find more room for rear seat passengers: an extra 1.25 inches of knee room coming courtesy of shorter bolsters, redesigned front seat backs and new cushioning that puts passengers deeper in the seat. Those up front get a new center console with longer armrests, two cupholders and cell phone receptacles.

Changes to the struts and damping are aimed at an improved ride, the addition of blind spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert aimed at improving safety. You can read more about the 2014 version of the Chevy Malibu, in the press release below, before it goes on sale this fall.
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2014 Chevrolet Malibu is Roomier, More Efficient

• Fuel-saving start-stop technology added to standard model
• Rear knee room improved by 1.25 inches
• Chassis and suspension developments enhance drive experience

DETROIT, Friday, May 31, 2013 – Chevrolet today unveiled the 2014 Malibu – a roomier, more refined and more efficient execution of its midsize sedan. Updated styling, a revised interior, a new 2.5L standard engine and suspension enhancements highlight the changes. It goes on sale this fall.

"The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu builds on the strengths established by the all-new 2013 Malibu to make it a stronger choice for customers," said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. "The midsize sedan segment is the most contested in the industry and we're not sitting still with the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu."

The new and enhanced features include:
• Revised front-end appearance
• Roomier rear seat, with 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) more knee room
• Redesigned center console
• New 2.5L engine with variable valve lift control and start/stop technology helps deliver estimated fuel economy of 23 city / 35 highway – a 5-percent improvement in city mileage and 3-percent greater highway efficiency
• Nearly 14 percent more torque from the available 2.0L turbo engine – 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm) – engineered for a greater feeling of power on demand
• Suspension enhancements derived from the all-new 2014 Impala engineered to contribute to a more refined driving experience
• New available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features

Malibu's revised front-end appearance is influenced by the all-new Impala, creating a more cohesive look across Chevrolet's sedan lineup. The front fascia features a new, more prominent lower grille and the hood extends down and over the leading edge of a narrower upper grille. The grille openings – with black grille texture – are wider and accented with chrome.

Inside, redesigned seats contribute to greater rear-seat space and greater comfort. The front seatbacks are shaped to improve rear-seat knee room, while new cushion sculpturing and revised cushion material allow passengers to sit deeper in the rear seats. Approximately half an inch was trimmed from the front of the rear seat cushion, for greater comfort behind passengers' legs.

The Malibu's redesigned center console has a longer armrest designed for greater comfort, along with a pair of cup holders and dedicated storage for two cell phones.

"We made changes within 18 months, demonstrating an unprecedented commitment to make the Malibu the best car it can be," said Ken Kelzer, executive chief engineer, global full-size and midsize cars. "The 2014 Malibu has been engineered to deliver more precise ride and handling that is on par with more expensive sports sedans."

More efficient, powerful powertrains
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L Intake Valve Lift Control DOHC four-cylinder engine with direct injection is the 2014 Malibu's standard engine. Its variable intake valve actuation enhances efficiency and helps lower emissions, while also enhancing low-rpm torque, for a greater feeling of power at lower speeds. When the iVLC system operates in low-lift mode, the engine pumps only the air it needs to meet the driver's demand. The system switches to high-lift mode at higher speeds or under heavy loads, providing the full output capability of the engine.

New start/stop technology shuts down the 2.5L engine to save fuel when the Malibu stops momentarily, such as at stoplights, contributing to an estimated 5-percent increase in city fuel economy. The engine automatically starts again when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake. An auxiliary battery powers electric accessories such as the climate system, power windows and radio during engine restarts.

The new 2.5L is SAE-certified at 196 horsepower (145 kW) and 186 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm). Revised transmission shift points and quicker shifts also enhance the feeling of performance – while delivering greater refinement.

Additionally, the 2014 Malibu's available 2.0L turbo engine delivers nearly 14 percent more torque than its predecessor. It is SAE-certified at 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). New engine calibration and tuning account for the improvement, making the Malibu 2.0L turbo's torque the best in the segment, even among competing six-cylinder-engines. The result is a stronger feeling of acceleration from a stop and a greater feeling of power on demand in almost all driving conditions.

The 2.0L turbo also produces an SAE-certified 259 horsepower (193 kW).

Chassis refinements
Chassis and suspension updates inspired by the all-new 2014 Impala also contribute to the 2014 Malibu's more refined driving experience, including rebound springs that are internal to the struts. They enable more refined calibration of the dampers for a smoother overall ride, while also improving body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration or turning. That helps keep the wheels planted, contributing to a more precise, controlled feel – especially while cornering.

Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power steering is standard and enables nearly effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds. Revised, higher-effort calibrations for 2014 were engineered to improve the overall steering feel. Also, the Malibu's brake system has been revised to provide a more confident feel.

Additional chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes, full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.

Enhanced safety
New Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety features are offered, adding to the protection from a car that received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the New Car Assessment Program from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both are the highest ratings possible.

Malibu also comes with 10 standard air bags and an available rearview camera system.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the rear of the car is what really needed work, that weird indented trunk. It's too weak for the rest of the design, but the new front end is an interesting development of the aging twin-grille look. It looks more aggressive like the Impala without copying the same grille.
      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought the 2013 Malibu was decent and this 2014 model seems to have been improved in at least most of the right places. Will be interesting to see how it looks in person side by side next to the 2013.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      With ever increasing emphasis being put on European design when it comes to American sedans, it's nice they tried to keep some balance here.
      Smooth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good and the improvements are appreicated, but is it enough to take sales away from Fusion, Altima, Camry and Accord? Only time will tell, but those cars are on a roll these days when it comes to sales numbers.
        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Smooth
        I wouldn't even consider this in the same class as a Fusion, Altima, Camry or Accord. Dimensions be damned, it's just not even close to being in the same class. You have to go down-class for that comparison. For that matter, I'd rather have a loaded Sentra, Corolla or Civic than a Malibu. Any day, any time.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also gets a lot of ugly. Whats up with all those funky creases and the truck rims? GM just needs to throw in the towel.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugh ! GM what the FU-CK...........you needed to fire the designs on the malibu and hire some new ones because this isnt working....have you seen the competition ?!? cause they arent looking at you....this is a fierce segment and this isnt "A" game.....design wise
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care what anyone says, that's actually a pretty sharp looking mid-size family sedan. A little bit of tweaking here and there from last years model, and it looks a lot better. More power always helps too. Better looking than the Camry and Accord that's for damn sure. Not quite as nice as the Mazda 6, Fusion or Optima.
        savvybuyer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I think it's better than the Camry, no doubt, and the Fusion, too, which only has exterior styling going for it, IMO. But I think the new Accord is really sharp inside and out, ditto the 6. Not to mention that the Accord is a flat-out home run, according to most reviews and comparisons. Plus you get about the best reliability and resale value you can get. I like the Malibu, especially now, but I'm sure I wouldn't buy one over those two.
        Chip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Hazdaz I totally agree. Very nice looking.
        SethG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I agree. There's nothing wrong with the Malibu and it's nice to see Chevy following other automakers like Ford and Honda down the road of continual improvement; willing to make changes to relatively new vehicles. But there's one problem. The Malibu being a fine car is simply not enough. The segment is filled with exceptional cars. As decent as the Malibu is, it's still one of the worst cars in its class.
        Jim Pease
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I agree it's better than the Camry. I think it's on par with the Accord but lightyears behind the Mazda 6 and Ford Fusion. I'm still a fan of the 2008 to 2012 model though.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      "an extra 1.25 inches of knee room coming courtesy of shorter bolsters, redesigned front seat backs and new cushioning that puts passengers deeper in the seat" GM digging around in its bottomless bin of cheap tricks once again. You can always count on the General to do things all wrong at first release, and then fix them in the cheapest, most obvious possible way. The General is the automotive equivalence of Microsoft.
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Last I checked, GM didn't pull in a net profit of $17 billion dollars for FY2012, nor are they sitting on a $60 billion cash pile. Thanks for playing. Try again.
        dan1malk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        So, they should have fixed it in the most complex and expensive way?
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        So Windows 7 was all wrong the first release?
        Jason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        you\'re gonna get downvoted, but I see your points and have to agree with you. not to diminish the improvements, but you do also wish they would get it right the first time. smaller bolsters and the like were options at launch...
      ozric427
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, A Polished Turd !! It does look somewhat better from the front, but I think the Ford Fusion will still stomp all over it in sales.
        erjhe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ozric427
        Now, that said, the sales numbers of the Malibu and Fusion are as such: 2010: 198770 / 219219 2011: 204808 / 248067 2012: 210951 / 241263 So yeah, the Fusion does sell better... I'm not really surprised, at all. I don't see this stomping you were referring to earlier though. On average, we're looking at about 13% better sales for the Ford. Managing over 200,000 units a year, I couldn't see GM dropping the Malibu regardless.
          erjhe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @erjhe
          Sorry for the late response, but the numbers are for the retail year, not the model year. 2012 numbers should have included the 2013 model year Fusion.
        erjhe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ozric427
        Not everyone can copy another auto maker when styling their car. I still can't look at a Ford Fusion and not think Aston Martin.
          ozric427
          • 1 Year Ago
          @erjhe
          I would rather look at a Fusion and think Aston Martin than look at a Malibu and think about falling asleep with this still long in the tooth, super conservative, boring design. You can put a dress on a goat, but in the end it's still a goat. GM needs to completely change the design language for most of Chevrolet, much like they did with Cadillac about 10 years ago.
          erjhe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @erjhe
          That will be the interesting thing to find out in the years to come... what will the sales volume work out to in this segment? The Camry had a huge following and by no means was the car exceptional in any one way. Styling wise Ford has the mark, but is that going to be enough to take the market? The thing is that this is a segment where it is not wise to make the car too polar. So yes, the car doesn't look edgy and no, it doesn't capture the eye like some other cars do. However, I believe that is by design and whether or not you think that is right, that is obviously what the segment is doing. The Camry, Fusion, Sonata, Altima... none of them are particularly exceptional looking cars.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks better, but is still not an attractive car. The Cruze (hate the name) looks way better than this cheap looking mess. I even far prefer the old Malibu to this thing.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        The last gen Malibu looked much classier. This thing looks like a throw back to the old Grand Am with all sorts of bling thrown on.
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