(autoinsidernews) - Embargo? Who cares about embargos? Well, it appears no one. Late yesterday, Edmunds Inside Line got into the embargo breaking game when it published pictures and details on the new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. The new Malibu will be officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Malibu is based on the same Epsilon platform as the Saturn Aura as well as the Pontiac G6 and Saab 9-3. The Malibu will be powered by either a 164-hp 2.4L Ecotec or a 252-hp 3.6L V6 with VVT. The four-cylinder will be offered with either 4-speed or 6-speed automatics, depending on trim level. The V6 will only be offered with a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters, reports Trend.
The first time we've seen the whole car. Featuring the new face of Chevrolet, the overall design of the Malibu is vast improvement over the current model. The car's body sides are uncluttered by cladding, and a thick C-pillar flows smoothy into a short rear deck. Out back, the 2008 Malibu features a taillamp assembly that looks similar to those seen on Infiniti models.
Inside, GM hasn't ignored the interior, going to great lengths to design an attractive interior. The dash features a twin-pod layout, which is available in multiple colors, including two-tone treatments.