Engineers from Holden’s Powertrain Engineering team are currently calibrating the Malibu for General Motors’ global markets, as well as for Australia’s unique conditions. It will be badged as a Chevrolet in almost 100 countries around the world.
The Malibu has been undergoing testing at Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground, and these images show Malibu engineers stretching its legs on public roads in Phillip Island, Victoria.
The Powertrain Engineering team will continue development work on the Malibu in Australia until the end of 2012.
The Holden Malibu will go on sale late next year, filling a gap in the line-up between the locally made Cruze and Commodore duo.
It will be powered by a range of fuel efficient four-cylinder engines, likely to include petrol and diesel options.
Among those will be an all-new 2.5-litre direct-injection petrol engine with 141kW and 245Nm of torque, which will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Malibu will be available with a seven-inch colour touchscreen incorporating Bluetooth audio streaming and will conceal a 15cm-deep bin for storing phones and wireless devices.
The exterior is fitted with LED taillights and the alloy wheel selection will range from 17 to 19 inches.