• Mar 11, 2010
2010 Chevrolet Malibu patent drawings – Click above for high-res image gallery

Over the past nine months, we've seen the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu twice at General Motors media events that were closed to the public. On neither occasion were we allowed to take any photographs of the styling buck, but now we can finally show you what the next Malibu looks like. A General Motors filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows what is obviously an unidentified Chevrolet four-door sedan.

It retains all of the standard Chevrolet design features including the dual-port grille and four individual tail lights. Compared to the current and very well reviewed Malibu, the new car has more sculpted surfaces, especially around the corners. The chopped off tail of the current generation car is generally considered to be the weakest part of that design, and the new model addresses that area with what looks to be a much more attractive posterior.

The new Malibu will ride on the same Epsilon II platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse and Regal. The new model will have a shorter wheelbase than the 112.3-inch span of today's car, but it's not clear if it will be as short as the 107.8-inch wheelbase of the new Buick Regal. The new Malibu will, however, be both wider and taller than the current model. The interior is also significantly upgraded with higher quality materials as GM tries to keep up with the advances of new models from Ford.

The next Malibu will probably debut in late in 2011 as a 2012 model, and we may see it in public at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The timing of the Malibu should line up nicely with the Ford Fusion/Mondeo replacement and make for a very interesting battle in the mid-size sedan market.



[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very Interesting rear end with the tail lights and center exhaust.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ok.. NVM I see it now, lol. I'm in Homer mode today..

        • 4 Years Ago
        That's not a center exhaust. There are cutouts for the pipes on either side.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh I thought those were bumper reflectors like on the Lexus..
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a Mercedes C-Class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the interior!

      good job GM
      • 4 Years Ago
      The best thing about patent drawings is how easily you can fill in the blanks!

      10 minutes in Paint Shop Pro......
      http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m251/iiiTEDiii/malibupatent003b.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very nice. Now how 'bout the front three quarter?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awesome, do the front 3/4 too
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, those do look a lot like a paint by numbers kit. I hadn't thought of that before.

        Looks nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      bigger cruze
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you say it looks like the Taurus, you mean that it has four doors and four wheels also. Maybe because it has a rakish look, maybe...Looks just like the 2012 Malibu too me.

      As much of an impression you can get from patent fillings, looks promising.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @insight
      You have a solid point, those tail lights look like they are ripped directly off the camaro/ traverse. I'll hold my comment untill I see the car in the flesh though.
      blue3874
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this will be more of a mid-cycle refresh of the current Malibu - Camaro tail lights, etc. - than a complete redesign. I expect a new Malibu built by 2016.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @blue3874
        Yeah.... no this is the all-new Malibu, trust me. Mid- Cycle refreshes don't come 5-6 years after the introduction :)

        On another note, I hear we should get a refreshed Malibu later this year....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, so from the drawings it looks more or less the same. They evolved it, which is good cause the current Malibu is a good design, it just needed some refinement. It looks like it has modernized headlamps which is good cause I always felt the current model were mediocre/bland/old GM. I don't know how I feel about the rear ends banglish butt and those Camaro-esque tail lamps. But these are just drawings I'm sure it will look great in the flesh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Grag Aryous

        GM right now is designing some of the best looking cars and trucks in the market, top to bottom. They even made the new Aveo they're showing at the auto shows look good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Greg A

        You wanna talk about vintage/bland styling. Look at the Fusion, that thing came straight from the 90's, especially with the sport with its lame useless ground effects and cluttered wheel design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anybody else think that side-view looks as bad as the current Sebring?? Talk about overhang.. jeeze.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too see loads of Taurus in it. The whole ass-end of the Taurus with Camaro-shaped taillights.

      So...wider and taller, with a more pronounced posterior proboscis on a shorter wheelbase...why don't they just call it the new Impala??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who needs spy photogs? We've got sketches! is that a bangle butt?
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