All new for 2004, the second-generation front drive Malibu was based on GM’s Epsilon platform, which also underpinned the Saab 9’3.The Malibu came in sedan and stretched-wheelbase wagonlike Maxx versions. Base models received a 2.2-liter/145-horsepower Ecotec DOHC four, while the LS and LT gained a 3.5-liter/200-horsepower V6 with a four speed automatic transmission. Standards included a driver information center , air conditioning, and CD player. The Maxx added a sliding rear seat, glass skylight, and optional DVD entertainment. Options included OnStar, side curtain airbags, remote starter, and heated front seats.