2012 Chevrolet Malibu
With their 2010 Zeta Impala E85 3.2 DI V6 Turbo a run away success, Chevrolet introduces the downsized
2012 Malibu on Epsilon II to cater to $5 gasoline and those looking for a real fuel sipping family sedan.
With it's E85 2.8 DI V6 Turbo and optional 2.2 V6 Bio-Turbodiesel, the new Malibu is positioned under the Impala
in size, but with it's taller cabin retains interior room for the modern family. Remember with the Zeta Impala available
for those seeking performance and sleek styling, the Malibu is repositioned for those who still want FWD and economy.
So the 2012 Malibu, while still looking good, must be more practical and utilitarian rather than cool and sleek.
The 2012 Malibu is only 5% shorter, stays the same width and is actually 5% taller than the 2008 Malibu.
The wheelbase is only 2% shorter but looks short as the wheel arch openings are larger for big premium wheels.
Looks can be deceptive, so here they are side by side. So with better packaging the 2012 has just as much
room under the hood/bonnet and more space inside. While being 5% shorter it's real downsize comes
in weight reduction. Using new variable thickness high strength steel sheetmetal for stampings, and
more composites and alloys, it is 15% lighter than the 2008 model. Engines are far more compact as now
GM copies their new 4.5 diesel lead with in-the-V exhaust and turbo manifolding that eliminates the
need for space for and aft of the engine for exhaust headers.