It also gets a premium audio system with Both engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select. It will also feature Holden MyLink technology when the mid-sized sedan is launched next year.
Holden's Mike Devereux said Malibu is a stylish and aspirational new global model that will introduce a true mid-size contender to the Holden range with the latest in infotainment technology. "Malibu is a strong example of the exciting new generation of products coming from General Motors," Mr Devereux said.
"It's a genuine premium sedan with strong visual appeal, mid-size interior packaging, Holden-tuned ride and handling and a surprising list of standard features. "And the addition of Holden MyLink ensures it will offer customers a truly compelling package." "Holden MyLink is very smart technology and Malibu will be among the first cars in our portfolio to get it.
MyLink elevates wireless connectivity to a completely new level by enabling customers to control certain smartphone apps through Malibu's touchscreen. Malibu will compete against the likes of Camry, Mondeo and the Mazda6. "Our team has created a unique suspension tune for Australia and developed Malibu's transmission calibrations for multiple GM markets like Australia, Europe and North America," Mr Devereux said.
"It's thanks to our vast technical expertise as a mature manufacturing, engineering and design centre that Holden is able to fine-tune the products we sell locally and provide our input for significant global programs like Malibu." Holden will announce full Malibu specification, pricing and model line-up closer to its launch in the second quarter of 2013.