Europe-spec Chevrolet Malibu to Be Shown in Frankfurt, Gets 2.4L Diesel
Th most important facts about this car have nothing to do with the engine transmission or platform, but with the sales side of things. The General will offer the 2013 Malibu in nearly 100 countries across the world and will build it in multiple places, including China.
It’s now time to find out what European buyers will have to look forward from the Malibu sedan, a model that has never been available here. The mid-size model will come with a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit that generates 164 horsepower and 2.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 169 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the front wheels through a manual gearbox or an automatic.
We’re not really sure these were the best options, as consumers on the Old Continent rarely buy big naturally aspirated four-pots or diesels of that displacement outside the entry level crossover market.
Things look a bit better on the safety side, as the 2013 Malibu comes standard with 8 airbags, dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front-passenger pelvic/thorax side-impact airbags as well as roof rail-airbags with rollover protection.
autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.