• Feb 2, 2007
Chippin64, a member of the LayitLow.com forum, is down in Atlanta, GA right now for a Chevy Impala commercial shoot, the product of which will air around mid-February. Apparently Chippin64's ride, presumably a classic Impala, is being used in the commercial. While hanging around the set, however, he's been taking hundreds of pictures and posting them on the forum. We are particularly interested in one shot, which was caught by Josh Oliver over at TheGMSource.com. The lone pic shows a heavily modified Cobalt with a big rear wing, wide-body kit and, most importantly, a new front fascia that looks similar to the face of the 2008 Chevy Malibu introduced at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. Who knows what this car is really for and why it is hanging out at a commercial shoot for the Chevy Impala, but can we just say the new grille looks great on the Cobalt? Because it does. It looks like the hood is also modified to fit flush with the new fascia, which means we doubt a tuner shop is responsible for this. It appears OEM all the way. The Cobalt has been showing strong sales lately, ending 2006 with 211,449 units sold, just good enough to be the 10th best-selling vehicle in the U.S. last year. Is a mid-cycle refresh being planned to bring the Cobalt's mug in line with the new corporate grille, or are we misinterpreting the tea leaves?

Thanks for the tip, Josh!

[Source: Layitlow.com via TheGMSource.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why can't I find anything on the 2008 Cobalts - pictures-specs, why are they still a secret. Maybe they've changed for the better. The Ford Focus for 2008 is on the internet. I guess I'd rather have a Honda, but they are too high. Where I live, 95 percent of the people drive them and they are almost all silver white - it gets boring. I think the 2008 Civics are ugly - scrunched up little windows. Have had a Cavalier for 14 years and it has not been the greatest. Hope the Cobalt is better. Looking at a Mazda. In two years India will importing $7000 cars here. There won't be much good news in having a car with a high resale value because we will be in the disposable car mode. People will buy them just like they buy that junk from China and raggedy, ugly clothes and shoes because of the price and they don't think to buy expensive stuff off the internet.
      Fran Preve
      • 7 Years Ago
      Add to my last comment, leave off the goofy looking fender flares!. Just the grill and headlites.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an 06 Cobalt, and let me say "damnit!" That new mug is so pretty, it now makes me angry to have an "old" Cobalt because now I need to go buy the new one when these (presumeably) show up. :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd say the front end is likely from the factory, but not the body kit. Looks like an MCE car they gave to a tuner shop to have its way with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a big fan of Cobalts, but I must say, that does look nicer then the currrent Cobalt. Chevy is really putting out all the stops to be a accord/civic fighter. All Chevy needs now is to apply that to the rest of the line up.
      http://www.rolesor.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM's 6t40?
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, you're not mis-interpreting the tea leaves.

      GM is slated to give the Cobalt (and the Pontiac G5) a significant MCE that will debut on the autoshow circuit (presumedly) later this year.

      The look in your pick is similar to a few Cobalt show cars that were shown at SEMA over the past few years -- which also coincided with the look of a done up HHR and even a done up Malibu (current version). This is likely where GM is going with the product, but sans the overdone wheel-arches and body-kit as standard fare.

      Take a look back at past SEMA shows for inspiration on where they are headed.
      Fran Preve
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bob "the putz" Lutz hasn't got brains enough to put this front on a freshened 2008 or 09 Cobalt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front looks an aweful lot like the new Avenger to me...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this is for real, it's further proof that Chairman Bob has really convinced the beancounters at GM that product life cycles need to be shorter than the 15 year ones they used to run.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Strip that godawful body kit off and the Cobalt may not look too bad. The current iteration does absolutely nothing for me.
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