Chevrolet Malibu 2014 “emergency” facelift revealed
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been selling better than the previous version in the UAE, largely due to an extensive advertising campaign and cheap pricing here. But the GCC as a whole is a miniscule market compared to the United States, where the latest Malibu became a large-enough sales flop for General Motors to quickly go back to the drawing board and churn out a facelift within a year of its debut.
The new Malibu has also been a critical failure in the United States, often coming last in comparison tests by U.S. magazines due to its dull frontal styling and below-average rear legroom. So for 2014, both issues have been addressed, with a new front-end clip and more rear knee-room.
There are unspecified mechanical tweaks as well, though it is clearly very minor, since even the “Camaro-inspired” tail lamps have not been changed. Ironically, the 2014 Chevy Camaro will not have similar tail lamps any more.
It is unknown if the changes will make it to the GCC-spec model, since the Middle East gets the Malibu from Korea, while the US-spec model is built in the United States itself.
Keep track of prices and updates in the Chevrolet Malibu buyer guide.