• May 8, 2008
When the Chevy Cobalt first hit the scene as a 2005 model, it was a much better car than the basic transportation it replaced, but it was still a bit too Cavalier-looking for some. All that is scheduled to change for the 2010 model year, as the bow-tie will unveil a new Cobalt based of the same global Delta platform that will also underpin the Volt and next Saturn Astra.
Brenda Priddy and her voyeur minions caught a well-disguised 2010 Cobalt roaming the streets, and while it looks like it was doused in silly-string, we can still see plenty of promise. Most noticeably, the 'Balt's profile looks much more refined than that of the current model, with a more graceful greenhouse and prominent nose. Thankfully, the handsome two-tier grill looks to be making its way over from the Malibu, which will help further separate the Cobalt from its economy car past. A sedan and coupe will be available, and we're assuming that we'll see a new, faster Cobalt SS, as well.

High gas prices already have the Cobalt selling in record numbers, and if GM can pull off a better Cobalt by next summer, the amount of them leaving dealer lots should grow considerably. Hit the read link below to see the spy shots. Thanks for the tip, noe!

[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the tailight/turn lights from what i can tell.Looks like they aren't cheaping out with a single bulb set up for the tail/stop/turn light. It does look like a baby malibu in profile. I would like a hatch version but I'm guessing a two door version of the sedan will be the only other body style.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I as well had high hopes for this redesign, but from this shot I found, it appears - for the most part - we're in for more of the same. More of a slight evolution to include the Malibu grille than something all new.

      http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f269/pattison_mike/cobaltMCE.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        That looks like the current gen. Cobalt with a modified fascia. Just look at the headlamps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      will there be a Pontiac G5 version...and will they actually make it look different this time like the 90s Cavalier/Sunfire?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Think of a compact RWD platform it could possibly go on.

        I know the G6 is likely to go on Alpha and share an Holden design once more, but I have no idea about the G5 or whatever will be replacing it. Fact is, Pontiac needs an econobox of some sort.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can DeltaII support AWD? If so I can see a Cobalt SS AWD with a 300hp 2.0L Ecotec finally putting some American competition against the STi and Evo. Maybe a Pontiac badged version could exist with a Poncho exclusive 2.4L Turbo Ecotec making 330hp or more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The next 9-3 is remaining will be an Epsilon II, along with the 9-5. Delta could go AWD, but it's unlikely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Considering that the next Saab 9-3 may be built on Delta II, I would think that AWD would need to be available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Priddy is just now getting pics? This car has been here as a camo'd pre-production Daewoo for over a year. Maybe it just hasn't been out on the road.

      Motortrend says
      "GM now has the ability to ... and other gas-saving technologies such as electric power steering."

      LOL - You mean just like the electric power steering already in the Cobalt since it's 2005 debut?

      Also, AFAIK there are no coupes currently planned, only 3-dr/5-dr hatchbacks. And I'm pretty sure none of them will wear a Chevy badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It reminds me of the last gen. Malibu for some reason
      • 6 Years Ago
      Derek DeAngelis will be Excited!
        • 6 Years Ago
        He'd probably hump it (if you saw and remember the Valentines Day podcast)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am glad to see the rear doors fixed, the current Colbalt has some weird looking rear doors, that makes the whole car feel like it will tip over when going around corners.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Totally agree (Astra 5-door shares the same line and I hate it), the Coupe looks great, however.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, my current Cobalt SS lease is up in September 2009, I think I may have found my next car
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as a compact hatchback for Chevy, I think GM should reassign the Vibe to Chevy and give Pontiac a brand appropriate compact sedan, coupe, convertible, and maybe 5-door on the compact rear wheel drive Alpha platform. There is no need for redundant products at Chevy and Pontiac. The G5 (and the Vibe to a lesser extent) is a joke for GM's affordable performance division.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Andrew- that's because the cammo makes the headlights appear just like the previous gen Malibu. I thought the same thing... Other than that, however, it looks like a solid upgrade.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who would be excited about Cobalt.... I bet it will be a variation of Astra. Malibu was borrowed from Saturn which was borrowed from Opel, so will the Cobalt
        • 6 Years Ago
        Emre, the Cobalt is already a variation of the current Astra. The Cobalt was borrowed from Saturn (Ion) which was borrowed from Opel (Astra).

        That relationship will simply continue, except that the cars are now being developed concurrently on Delta II.

        Look at the current Cobalt and Astra side by side and you can definitely see the family resemblance.
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