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Refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Malibu arrives

Fri, 31 May 2013

Just a bit more than a year after launching the 2013 Malibu, Chevrolet took the wraps off its revised 2014 Malibu, saying the car is roomier (1.25 extra inches in the rear seat), more refined and more efficient than the outgoing model. The car gets a fresh face, revised interior, and a new 2.5-liter four standard.

The 2.5-liter I-4 is direct injected and has variable valve lift control and start/stop for 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Chevy says the four-cylinder Malibu should get 23 mpg city/35 highway -- 5 percent better in the city and 3 percent on the freeway than the current model. The 2.0-liter turbo is still available, producing 259 hp while torque is up almost 14 percent to 295 lb-ft.

The new front end is meant to make the Malibu look more Impala-like, the goal being to bring a more consistent look across Chevy's sedans. There's now a more prominent lower grille as well.

Reshaped front seatbacks (about a half-inch was trimmed) are partly to thank for the increased rear legroom -- specifically knee room. New cushions allow those riding in the back to sit deeper in the rear seats.

The suspension has also been improved. The rebound bumpers are now internal to the struts for better damper calibration and thus a smoother overall ride; Chevy says refinements will also improve body roll control and weight transfer in corners. The electronic power steering has also been given more effort.

Expect the refreshed 2014 Malibu to hit dealer showrooms this fall; pricing will be announced at a later date, but we expect it to fall closely in line with the current model.

By Wes Raynal