Several sources familiar with General Motors’ manufacturing operations recently let us know that a few pre-production 2014 Chevy Malibus came through the line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the new Malibu is manufactured.
The sources told us that the revised Malibu sported a new front end, a revised center stack, while the dash and instrument panel appeared to be the same. In addition, the 2014 Malibus contained slightly more rear-seat legroom and different engine codes than the 2013 model, along with a rear-end design that was the same as that seen in the 2013 model. While sources weren’t able to provide any photos, they did confirm that the wheelbase of the freshened models remained the same.
The citing of the 2014 Malibus affirms report that the eighth-generation model will receive several upgrades within one year of being on the market, including increased rear-seat legroom, a new front fascia along the lines of the 2014 Impala, a possible addition to the engine range, and all-around tweaks and improvements. We expect to find out the exact details of Chevy’s 2014 Malibu this summer, and believe the front seats will feature deeper seat-back cutouts to allow for more front legroom, even though that may not necessarily be a (real) matter of concern in the marketplace to begin with.
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