After seeing patent renderings, spy photos, and even renderings of our own of the next generation Chevrolet Malibu, sources of Cheers and Gears are stating that The General’s next breadwinner will begin production January of 2012 — a year from now, and four months ahead of schedule (as the alleged original production schedule was slated for May 2012). Additionally, C&G speculates that its official unveiling will be during the 2011 New York Auto Show in late April.
Mechanically, we should not expect a six-cylinder engine of any size to find its way into the third-generation ‘Bu, but most likely rather the 2.4L SIDI and 2.0L turbocharged engines seen in the Buick Regal and expected in the Buick Verano. Additionally, it’s expected that the mid-sized sedan will also feature eAssist, a system featured on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse that boosts fuel economy by 25% — which we feel is a perfect feature for the ‘Bu so long as it’s not too expensive.
Globally, the next gen. Malibu will go under different aliases such as the Holden Epica.
Source: Cheers and Gears