The all-new Malibu is based on GMs Epsilon platform (Saab 9-3). A mainstream model, the Malibu is powered by either a 140hp I4 or an optional 200hp V6. A four-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
The Malibu Maxx is an intriguing wagon version derived from the Malibu sedan. The distinctive styling and unique interior packaging make the Maxx an intriguing alternative to the standard family wagon. Power is provided by a 200hp V6 and 4-speed automatic to the front wheels. Maxx goes on sale late in 2003.