Chevy Malibu Pickup Debuts At Guangzhou Motor Show With El Camino Vibes: Video14
A custom Chevy Malibu XL-based two-door pickup truck made its debut at the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show over the weekend, turning heads and making headlines with its El Camino-esque exterior styling.
From what we can gather, this customized Malibu was built by Yuan Qicong, the presenter of a popular Chinese automotive YouTube channel. This custom Chevy pickup is apparently Qicong’s dream car and pulls inspiration from performance Utes like the Holden Maloo, along with the tuner and drift scenes.
In addition to the custom Ute body (which looks very professionally done, in our opinion) this wild Chevy Malibu XL also features widened fender flares, widened front and rear suspension tracks, a pair of faux side-exit exhausts, aftermarket three-piece wheels, a rear roll/utility bar and an aftermarket body kit with a front splitter, rear diffuser and side skirts. It also sits on full air ride suspension, allowing the driver to raise and lower the suspension on the fly, while the interior features short back seats and a vintage-look steering wheel.
It’s unclear if Qicong made any modifications to the Chevy Malibu XL’s powertrain when building his custom Ute. As a reminder, the Chevy Malibu XL is sold with a turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine, which delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
While this modded Chevy Malibu XL may be a product of the Chinese car enthusiast scene, we think it’d find plenty of fans here in the United States – especially at major custom car events like the SEMA Show or Detroit Autorama.
Check out the video embedded below to see a little bit more of Qicong’s head-turning Chevy Malibu XL Ute.
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This is wild, crazy, impractical and totally awesome. Kudos to that dude for doing something cool with a very good but bland base vehicle.
Very innovative and quite sporty as well. I applaud this man to no end. Kudos!
this is too cool
The Pontiac concept El Camino that was shown at the Auto Show years back puts this mess to shame
237hp is more than enough for such a light vehicle, especially after loosing the rear seat and roof. Question? 🙋♂️ did he run an AWD to the rear wheels? That’s what an el Camino really needs. Granted the Malibu shares “very similar architecture” to GM’s CUV line with awd’ but there would be a lot of work for that to happen
Looks like someone stepped on the front end.
Nice job. A+. This talented dude should work for West Coast Customs.
Give it a larger rear window and it’s ready for retail sale.
I love it! I hope GM is watching.
… literally garbage !
NOPE NOPE NOPE I’ll keep my 83
Oui c’est bien tranquille
Très cool, j’ai aimé
Shadows of the Chevy SSR from a few years ago. Would it sale in it’s present form, maybe. Give it an El Camino make over where’d it be useful and you’d ave a hit. I like the Maverick, but myself and many others were hoping for a Ranchero style vehicle.