Chevrolet has introduced the 2014 Malibu, ahead of its launch this fall.
Essentially an emergency facelift, the 2014 model features a revised front fascia with a more prominent grille and additional chrome trim.
Interior changes are more extensive as the Malibu gains a new center console with a longer armrest and two cell phone holders. The car also has new front seats (which improve rear-seat knee room) and a revised rear bench with improved cushion material.
Under the hood, there's a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with stop / start technology that should enable the sedan to return 23 mpg city / 35 mpg highway (US). It produces 196 bhp (145 kW) and 186 lb-ft (253 Nm) of torque and is connected to a revised six-speed automatic transmission that promises to deliver quicker shifts.
The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has also been upgraded as it produces 259 bhp (193 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque - an increase of 35 lb-ft (47 Nm).
On the handling front, the 2014 Malibu has revised dampers, an improved power steering system and an upgraded braking system that promises to provide a "more confident feel."
Last but not least, the Malibu gains several new options including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.