In a move straight out of left field, Ford revealed its brawniest midsize sedan yet: the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport. Not just any V6, though, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
The power? 325 hp, and an astounding 380 units of twist. Ford stated its Sport line of vehicles has done a remarkable job at courting German vehicle owners into the blue oval, meaning the Fusion was a natural next move, according to Ford Authority.
As we take all of this in, should Chevrolet follow suit with its own sported up Malibu? Let’s dive a bit deeper.
Foremost, Malibu could support a hotter engine with no issues, thanks to its E2XX platform. It’s a matter of packaging and what makes sense to drop into a family sedan, since GM currently doesn’t offer a true, middle-of-the-road boosted engine. Let alone a V6. Sure, there’s the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, but the Avista would likely reach production before the engine finds its way into a Malibu.
There’s also the matter of how power is being put down. The Fusion benefits from all four wheels providing a places to put power down. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu never had all-wheel drive in the cards. With our hypothetical Malibu Sport shaping up, each vehicle sold would likely arrive with some sort of “don’t fear torque steer” branding. Remember the three-generations-ago Malibu SS?
So, while it seems like a long shot, it certainly is possible for a Malibu Sport. But, before you say we didn’t think of it, there’s something else that will likely take care of the Malibu’s lack of sportiness: the next-generation, 2018 Buick Regal GS, where the Ford’s competitive advantages come standard.