• Dec 18, 2006
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GM has followed up its preview of the new 2008 Malibu's interior with a first look at the car's front end. Sporting what is described as thew "new face of Chevrolet," the Malibu is endowed with the same style of horizontally-split grille that first appeared on Chevy's 2007 GMT900 utility vehicles -- Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban. It's nicely detailed, with the mesh elements bordered by chrome surrounds, and we rather like the muscular ridges that extend from the grill area back onto the hood. The three below-the-bumper openings are also laterally bisected.

It's a huge upgrade over the existing Malibu, and it won't ever be confused for the Saturn Aura built alongside it at GM's Fairfax, KS assembly plant, even though they'll share many proportions. The photo also helps clear up a bit of an internal debate we've been having here at Autoblog over how GM would position the Malibu compared to the Aura. We believe that the flashier, European-themed Saturn is going to be the slightly more "upmarket" car of the two, though the Chevy will offer up some pizazz of its own with its optional two-tone interiors.

Now we really want to see what the rest of it looks like.

(Press release after the jump)

[Source; GM]
Interior view:



PRESS RELEASE:


Cheverolet Releases Sneak Peek of 2008 Malibu

DETROIT, Mich. – Chevrolet today released an advance image of the exterior of the all-new 2008 Malibu, which will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships later in 2007. The photo was released in conjunction with the announcement of a $208 million investment in the Fairfax, Kansas Assembly plant to prepare for production of the car.

The image reveals a partial shot of the front of the car featuring a dual-port grille, which is described as representing the "new face of Chevrolet."

"The 2008 Malibu design is expressive and brings new proportions and a fresh perspective to the mid-size market," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. "The new Malibu boasts a poised, wheels-at-the-corners stance with a longer hood and shorter deck appearance that conveys motion, agility and attitude."

Chevrolet previously released a sneak peek of one of the car's available two-tone interiors, which demonstrates a much more upscale look and feel with more premium materials and a new level of refinement in the extremely competitive mid-size car segment.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I love the interior but uhh...I dunno about that front end. If they want to steal Camry sales, a more conservative front end would have done the job...this might be a little too bold.

      But then again I'm also not a huge fan of the nose thing, even back when I first saw it on cars in Europe I hated it, and now every car company has decided that the US needs noses too. *sigh*
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not "retro" one model as an SS Chevelle or ? with the V8 engine from the Impala? Put a high rise hood plus strips like the old 1970 Chevelle 396 on the car. It could also have buckets and a 4 or 5 speeed manual as an option. This car would be a gas! As an old "baby boomer" Muscle Car adult from the 60's and 70's, GM would sell a bunch! Maybe they shouyld give me a royalty for the idea. Remember, it worked for Ford with the Mustang.

      Ron Rutherford
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is the chevy malibu made by toyota?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok Matt wanna know what is really sad? That you are basing your entire oppinion on a 3/4 view partial picture. Yeah ok that makes a ton of sense. But what is even sadder, is that once the rest of the car is revealed, your bias will take over and you will hate it even more just because of the bowtie on the front. Strap a Toyota logo on this and see the praise roll in from Matt. It's a sad day for Matt's intelect.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man is GM flogging that e-x-a-c-t steering wheel into anything without pedals. The exterior re-do looks handsome, no doupt, but using all the same interior parts is certainly their next challenge to conquer. With stereo, steering, indicator stalks matching in everything from a Saturn to a Saab to a Suzuki, the danger is looming that people will demand interior visual individuality and shop where they can get it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I cannot believe all the positive comments. Very sad indeed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, Poster 43.... Battle the Sonata( LOL, EVEN CAMRY AND ACCORD LOST...Look Here)...
      http://www.mpt.org/motorweek/dc2006/
      Sonata: Best Midsized family sedan( adn FYI, MotorWeek.org did pick Civic best small car, for 06...)If given a choice on who's opinons to believe, yours, or MW..YOU LOSE(sorry).

      Better get your head out of 1989!
      As for OLong term reliabilityl, JD(in 2005, for 2002 model cars) picked..... 1) Alero 2) malibu, 3) Sonata(go look it up, tired of doing all the searching and posting links. Think I'm lying? Prove me worng, provide a link).
      When you get paid for your "expert" opinions, I'll listen.

      BTW.... this looks decent. better than the current model...which I do not care for.

      Take Care/ Not Offense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For a second I thought this was the SS concept from a couple years ago. Of course, that car's shape was a bit outlandish, but transplanting the grille works.

      Hopefully the SS version will look even better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aurca TL ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Terrible turn signals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not that is a thick snout. I think I'll wait until I see a side-profile shot to weigh in my final verdict.
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