Following its launch in the US and China, the Chevrolet Malibu will make its European debut at next month’s Frankfurt Show ahead of launch next year as the brand’s flagship model.

Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe, said the Malibu will be part of a wave of new models being launched in the brand’s  centennial year.

Thanks to a drag coefficient close to the Volt’s 0.28, the Malibu will be one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in Chevrolet’s passenger vehicle line-up. Other exterior design features include Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille, powerful high intensity discharge headlamps, large Chevy bow-ties front and rear, and new Camaro-inspired LED dual-element tail lamps.

Wheel sizes range from 17- to 18-inch options to suit an array of buyer preferences. Nine exterior colours and up to four interior colour combinations can be chosen from, depending on the model selected.

Customers will also be able to choose between two 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel-fuelled engines with 2.0-litre and 2.4- litre displacements respectively. In Europe, the all-new Malibu will be available with both manual and automatic transmission.

Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS), full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist system (BA), corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.