(autoinsidenews) - General Motors unveiled the new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday. Riding on streched version of GM's Epsilon global midsize platform, the new Malibu is longer than any of its competitors, including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord. While only three inches longer than the current model, the Malibu has a six-inch longer wheelbase, which pushes the wheels to the corners, reports Trend.
The 2008 Malibu's base engine is a 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which delivers 164-hp вЂ" 20 more than the previous model. The 2.4L Ecotec DOHC will be offered with all trim levels. Malibu LS and LT models mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and LTZ models with the 2.4L engine are mated to a six-speed automatic вЂ" the only four-cylinder/six-speed automatic combination in the segment. The available high-feature 3.6L V-6 VVT produces 252 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2008 Malibu features the new face of Chevrolet, with the car's overall appearance vastly improved over the current model. The bold front end flow in body sides uncluttered by cladding. The thick C-pillar transitions smoothy into a short rear deck. The 2008 Malibu features a taillamp assembly that looks similar to those seen on Infiniti models. Inside, the Malibu reflects GM focus on interiors, with much better design and the use of higher quality materials. The dash features a twin-pod layout, which is available in multiple interior treatments. For the first time, the Malibu is offered with two-tone trim combinations.