• Jun 10, 2008
click above for high-res gallery of next-gen Chevy Cobalt spy shots

We've seen a few spy pics of the next-gen Chevy Cobalt that's due in showrooms around 2010, but none so revealing as these. KGP Photographers caught the car wearing only some light camo paint to obscure its new lines, which it doesn't do very well as the Cobalt's chunky proportions are there for all to see. Up front we find a new interpretation of Chevy's split grille that looks great on the smaller Cobalt flanked by sharp headlights that appear to crawl up the front fenders a bit. Meanwhile, the front bumper is occupied by three traditional air intakes and a pair of fog lamps. Notice the character line that runs the length of the vehicle right above the door handles where the sheetmetal begins to cut dramatically up towards the greenhouse in a concave shape. The same effect has been used by Volvo in the past to give its passenger vehicles the broad shoulder look. The profile shot reveals a short rear decklid and a coupe-like roofline that may compromise rear seat headroom a touch but looks smooth from end to end. The rear end is also marked by a pair of oddly shaped taillamps that extend from the license plate holder out around the corners of the vehicle. Considering how far sales of trucks and SUVs have fallen in the past two months, the next-gen Cobalt could be the most important new car for Chevy and General Motors itself besides the Volt, which just so happens to share the same global platform with the next Cobalt.


[Source: KGP Photography]

KGP Photography:

We just snapped the latest, and best shots yet of the car that looks to be the next Chevy Cobalt. A similar prototype has been shot in various guises, but never from all pertinent angles while uncovered--in full Chevrolet trim. The new Cobalt will utilize GM's new global compact vehicle architecture, and will be shared globally--reportedly being sold abroad in similar form as the Chevrolet Nubira and and the Daewoo Lancetti abroad. The platform is also pegged to underpin the next-generation Saturn Astra and even the Chevy Volt.

These latest shots give us a great taste of the further evolution of Chevrolet's two-tiered grille treatment, and the new Cobalt's chunky profile. The first-ever look at the Cobalt's largely undisguised tail treatment also reminds us of the recently revealed Opel Insignia, with its BMW-inspired raised trunk line and side sculpting. This new Cobalt is expected to appear in U.S. showrooms in 2010.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I definately like the lines; looks too much like a saturn though
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        • 6 Years Ago
        i really like it, i think it looks sharp. its infinitely better than the ugly current generation.
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        • 6 Years Ago
        i really like it, i think it looks sharp. its infinitely better than the ugly current generation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and that's bad?

        hey, where are the photoshop boys to clean this up and give us a real vision of the car? this camo paint cant be that hard to manipulate into a color
      • 6 Years Ago
      When do we get to see the turbocharged I-4 300 hp SS Version? :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good. Hopefully they get it right like they did with the Malibu. Good work so far. Can't wait for the interior shots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The propensity for short decklids on modern sedans is really starting to vex me. The trunk opening is near-uselessly small, and for the slope of the rear window it may as well be a hatchback.

      In fact, if this were a hatch, the trunk issue would be resolved.

      Sedan makes: take a look at the Mazda6 five door. Most people can't even tell it's not a sedan, and it's actually possible to load a suitcase into it without rotating it through six axes first.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The trunklid is so small on modern cars because of the sloped rear window. When sloping that back window at such a low degree reduces aerodynamic drag which equals better fuel economy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For some reason, this is the thought that flows through the mind of the average North American consumer: "But hatchbacks are cheap, and I can't have someone thinking that I bought a cheap car."

        Why the brain shuts down before "Oh, wait, I bought a Civic/Focus/Corolla/Cobalt, anyone with a modicum of intelligence already knows it's a cheap car. Who am I fooling?" occurs to them is beyond me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting the different perspectives on the same thing. I took one look at the back and thought I wouldn't want it unless there's a wagon or hatch version, because the trunk opening is useless. So, same problem but you think "fix the sedan" while I think "Where's the bloody wagon?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        twindoor is the worst idea yet.

        It's heavier and more complex than a trunk or a hatch.

        If you're gonna make it like that, just make it a hatch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The twin-door to the rescue. This seems to solve the problem of style versus utility but no sign yet of the domestic auto-makers getting on this band wagon. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/07/skodas-twindoor-an-innovative-all-in-one-trunk-and-liftback/ and http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/21/bmw-5-series-hatch-cometh/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Modern sedans don't have trunks, they have fanny packs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dinger, the trunk *size* is adequate to large on most sedans. The only problem is it's like one of those brain teasers trying to figure out how to get stuff into said space with the short decklid. There is a reason for the traditional sedan roofline - it gives a trunk where the entire top opens, kinda like a box. Y'know, because boxes are good at holding lots of stuff.

        GM could make this design a hatch without changing the profile one bit though. The space would be incredibly useable, but numbskull Americans wouldn't like it because "ewww, it's a hatchback" despite that most sedans look like hatchbacks anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The side profile is strickingly similar to a Civic
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the exact same thing....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car looks taller then the current version, getting a rounder overall look, more like the mazda3 sedan and the hyundai elantra.

      Not too sure about the tail lights though....

      Still.... so far so good. Lets wait until we see the interior.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. Those taillights look very very Korean.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This car will probably track the Corolla, not the 3. GM wants--needs--mass-market sales, and emulating Mazda is not the way to get them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mazda 3 for sure. If they can match the 3's interior quality and fun to drive status, they'll have a winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.

      Much better than current.

      I get a hint of Civic on the side.

      This is better looking than Focus.

      Still not better than Civic.

      GO HONDA!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I should add...GM should ditch the name Cobalt...the reputations of these cars have been ruined by years of producing crap products. It would be a smart idea to find a new name...they can make the most awesome new Cobalt but the name will deter people from buying....changing the name is a very inexpensive marketing move that works better than making a better car but naming it the same as the miserable failure of the last generation. Same with Ford....keeping the Taurus name around is just dumb.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Focus, even at this age, is still a holistically better car than the Cobalt. It was a great car when it was introduced, and it's aged reasonably well; the Cobalt was "meh" upon arrival and has more or less worked it's way down to mediocre.

        People dump on the Focus because it's an easy target, but up until the 8G Civic and Mazda3 were released, it was easily the best compact car. Heck, even in 2007 it was more fun to drive than any car excepting the 3. 2008 kind of ruined it, but that has more to do with decontenting and poor suspension tuning than chassis age.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? Because I much prefer "Cobalt" to anything starting with "Cav".

        Regardless of what seems to be a general trend of Cobalt-bashing I've noticed lately, the car (aging as it is) is still a damn sight better than the last of the J-bodies. And you've gotta give GM credit for keeping on top of the market - unlike Ford or Chrysler, who either keep turning out retreads of ancient designs (Focus) or totally neglecting an entire segment (no Neon replacement).

        As for this spy shot, the body looks a little chunky, but that doesn't seem to have stopped people from buying the similarly chubbed-up Hyundai Elantra. I'm not totally a fan, but I'd consider it if it hits the right criteria.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's nothing wrong with the Cobalt name. Despite what the whiners (who would never buy such a cheap car anyway) say, it was a new car, so the name isn't connected to the Cavalier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will take one in black. Tan interior please. How much will you give me for my 2007 saturn ION 3? Low miles great gas saver! I want one right now. Like right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there an original design element anywhere on that car? It looks kind of like the new way too big Accord, which looks somewhat like the Ford 500 which apes Audi. And a Bangle butt? Really? That shoulder line looks horrible on the BMW 1. Remove the camo from this car and it's probably just as bad. Maybe it's the camo but the wheel wells look too small. Better put a more secure fuel door on there also. Gas stealing is making a comeback.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy BMW 3-Series/Mazda 3 rip-off Batman! I think that ugly C-pillar extension is only there to hide the fact the greenhouse is pure 3 (the Mazda, not the BMW).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the overall design, as is from what I can see the design doesn't scream cheap. Not sure how I feel about the headlights though.

      .....if GM has fixed the interior then game on.

      And yeah it does remind me of a Volvo S40.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Go check out GMI for the interior shots, it has a semi-cloth dash.
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