At times, it has seemed the only cheerleaders for wagons in the U.S. have been automotive journalists, which have waxed poetic about this breed’s combination of practicality and driving dynamics, unmatched by bulkier and heavier crossovers and SUVs. But it appears wagons may also have some fans in GM’s boardroom, if a quote from General Motors’ Mark Reuss is any indication.
When asked by Automotive News whether or not a wagon version of the new Malibu might be coming, he replied by saying it was an “interesting idea.” GM does have a wagon offering in the Cadillac CTS, but nothing currently in the non-luxury category. Hyundai recently showed its i40 wagon in Europe, which is a variation of the current-generation Sonata currently sold in the U.S., leading many to hope for its eventual offering as a U.S.-market model.
Considering the new Malibu is based on the corporate Epsilon II chassis, which underpins the Opel Insignia and Buick Regal, a Malibu wagon doesn’t seem that far-fetched. A Buick-badged Epsilon wagon has also been seen driving around the Detroit area -- so even if a Chevy version isn’t imminent, Buick may have one soon, and based on that car's success, the Malibu could follow.
Although not a popular trend among the general public, rising fuel prices could have an impact on the probability of more wagon variants, since the lighter weight and more aerodynamic profile of wagons compared lend themselves to better fuel economy, while offering comparable practicality to crossovers and SUVs. Would you want to see Chevy produce a Malibu wagon? Sound off in the comments section below.
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