Among the spate of confirmed upcoming vehicles during the recent GM Investor Day, General Motors revealed that a Chevrolet Low-Roof EV is on the drawing board, which could serve as an all-electric replacement for the Chevy Malibu.
GM took advantage of this year’s Investor Day presentation to announce the development of a future Bow Tie brand electric vehicle aimed at the midsize car segment – where the Chevy Malibu currently competes. The General’s global president Mark Reuss described it as a “pretty dramatic” D-segment vehicle with sedan-like proportions. The model is in an early stage of development and has already been confirmed for China.
“This one’s coming a little bit later, and this is a Chevrolet version of it. It’s a ‘Car-D’ primarily for the Chinese market, and we’ll see the desirability as we clinic this,” said Reuss during his product roadmap presentation to investors. “It’s a little bit further out, but this is a pretty dramatic low-roof, sedan-like proportion that we’re just beginning to design and engineer. It’s really quite a statement from a design standpoint, but we’ll see how it goes,” he added.
Although the model is only confirmed for the Chinese market for now, Mark Reuss’ words indicate that the potential all-electric replacement for the Chevy Malibu will also be considered for other markets during its development, and this leaves open the possibility of offering it in North America. Sedans remain very popular in China, where Chevrolet’s best-selling models are the Chevy Monza and Chevy Malibu XL.
The all-electric replacement for the Chevy Malibu is the first production Chevrolet sedan-like EV confirmed by the automaker, having unveiled its parent brand’s upcoming zero-emissions model range earlier this year, led by the all-new Chevy Silverado EV, Blazer EV and Equinox EV. In fact, in China, the company has just introduced its first fully electric sedan from Chevrolet in concept format, the Chevy FNR-XE Concept.
This potential all-electric replacement for the Chevy Malibu will be a low-roof vehicle based on Ultium Battery and Ultium Drive technology, and is scheduled to make its global debut at the end of the 2024 calendar year in China. For now, it’s unclear if this intriguing Chevrolet D-segment EV will continue the long-established Malibu nameplate or use another name instead.