2009 Chevrolet Malibu set for Abu Dhabi debut
General Motors has chosen the 2008 Abu Dhabi International Auto Show in December to launch the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan in the GCC.
The front-wheel-drive midsize sedan has been available in the American market for almost a year now, replacing the previous lacklustre model. Engines include a 169 hp 2.4-litre 4-cylinder unit and a 252 hp 3.6-litre V6, both featuring variable-valve timing technology, and a 4-speed or 6-speed automatic gearbox. The interior, available in two-tone colours, is easily among the best in its class.
In the Middle East, the American-built Malibu will be available in three trim versions – LS, LT and LTZ. The Hybrid model which is currently being operated in Dubai as a taxi project, might also be available to the general public.
While the funny-named Malibu is a direct competitor to the Camry and the Accord in America, it will be in an odd position in this market, what with the low-performance Korean Epica and the high-performance Aussie Lumina both covering the midsize category already.