GM’s new EV sedan concept could be a potential electric Chevy Malibu replacement

Is an electric Malibu in the works from Chevrolet? A new EV sedan concept from GM could give us a glimpse into what an electric Chevy Malibu may look like or the electric sedan slated to replace it.

The new Chevy electric sedan that could replace the Malibu

General Motors revealed a new Chevy EV sedan concept, the FNR-XE, during its China Tech Vision Day 2022 event based on GM’s Ultium platform.

In fact, GM debuted four new EV models based on the platform, but the other three we have already been introduced to including the Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV, and the Buick Electra-X.

GM said at the event:

From fuel to electric, from horsepower to computing power, new technology has become a new engine to drive the upgrading of automobile products and promote the leapfrog development of the automobile industry.

The Chevy FNR-XE is a pure electric vehicle concept revealed in China but could make its way to the US. GM’s president Mark Reuss says it will enter the same mid-size segment as the current Chevy Malibu, noting “we’ll see the desirability” when asked if Chevy would offer the electric sedan in the US.

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Coming from a midwesterner, arguably among the largest SUV demographic, the reasons people would select an SUV over a sedan is because of storage, seating, ride height, a smoother ride, or AWD/4WD availability. While no sedan will ever win in ride height, all of those other items I mentioned are quite available to electrified sedans - available frunk, more accommodating interior, more weight paired with a lower center of gravity, and the ease of implementing AWD by way of dual electric motors of which everybody's platforms now offer.

Electrification could make sedans a far more viable option for folks, but there's also the generational situation of far less people requiring a larger family vehicle, making sedans an even more attractive option because they're usually cheaper. If the Model 3, Polestar 2, BMW i4, and Hyundai Ioniq 6 are any indicators, sedans are far from done in the American market.

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Chevy has several highly anticipated EV releases coming over the next few years, with the Blazer EV, Silverado EV, and Equinox EV. There have also been reports of the company spinning off brands such as Corvette, Camaro, and Escalade with several electric models in each.

Will an electric Chevy malibu work its way into the lineup? If so, it likely won’t be until at least 2025 because the FNR-XE concept is set to debut in China in 2024.

Electrek’s Take

Although SUVs have been outpacing cars in sales, there will always be a market for smaller D-segment vehicles like the Malibu.

GM is going all in on electric vehicles, and Chevy is slated to play a significant role. The automaker has almost all of the segments covered with the Bolt EV (which just won Electrek’s Vehicle of the Year) and EUV, the upcoming Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and Silverado EV, but a family sedan could complete the portfolio.

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Peter Johnson is covering the auto industry’s step-by-step transformation to electric vehicles. He is an experienced investor, financial writer, and EV enthusiast. His enthusiasm for electric vehicles, primarily Tesla, is a significant reason he pursued a career in investments. If he isn’t telling you about his latest 10K findings, you can find him enjoying the outdoors or exercising