GM Midsizers Going All Four
It comes as no surprise...the next Malibu won't have a V6.
August 30, 2010
By: Nick Saporito
A reoccurring theme that has come out of General Motors since 2008 has been that they fully intend to physically downsize their product lineup. With new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) legislation coming online in 2012 through 2016 and an overall shift to more fuel efficient vehicles, GM has made some critical decisions regarding their future midsize sedans.
According to sources working on the next-generation GM midsize sedans, GM has elected to go with an all four-cylinder engine lineup for each midsize sedan going forward. The beginnings of this have already been witnessed with the recently launched 2011 Buick Regal, which has two four-cylinder engines to pick from. The upcoming Regal GS performance model will also pilot a four-cylinder mill.
Our sources tell us that the real fruit of this movement will be noticed most in the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu, which is slated to launch in late 2011. The new Malibu will sport only four-cylinder engines in North America. It is unclear which four-cylinder mills GM will place in the Malibu, but the direct injected 2.4-liter from the Equinox is a likely contender. GM is currently working on several new four-cylinder engines—both turbo and naturally aspirated—including a non-turbo 2.5-liter.
Products on the larger side of GM’s midsize sedan lineup will still have optional V6 power, including the next Chevrolet Impala.