GM's new Malibu midsizer, due for its Australian debut this month, has picked up a number of key updates for the US market.
Other updates include the addition of stop-start technology in the Malibu's 2.5 litre Ecotec four-cylinder petrol engine, while the 2.0 litre turbocharged four gets a 14 percent torque boost.
The list of mechanical updates for the US-market 2014 Malibu also include recalibrated dampers and rebound springs, along with the rack-and-pinion power steering system and brakes package.
There's also Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert - both features now offered with the updated Holden VF Commodore.
Lastly, GM has moved to appease demand for greater rear legroom, shaving around 15mm from the front seatbacks and adjusting the rear seats to add a total of 32mm in additional knee room.
Precise details of the new Malibu's Australian specification are still to be revealed, although it is likely that most of these updates will not debut here - at least not in the short term.
For now, the Holden Malibu's engine range includes only a 123kW 2.4 litre petrol engine and a 120kW 2.0 litre turbodiesel.
And, while the overseas Malibu's new Impala-like face bears a resemblance to the snout of the new VF SS, Holden's Malibu has already been revealed with a more Cruze-like grille design.
As for safety technology; we'll know more about that when the Malibu debuts later this month. A 5-Star ANCAP rating has been announced however, and it is known the Malibu will offer Rear Park Assist.
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