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2012 Chevrolet Malibu renderings by Ted Krygier – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yesterday, we brought you the official patent drawings of the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu – the Epsilon II-based sedan that will more than likely debut later in 2011 as a 2012 model. Less than 24 hours later, one of our dedicated readers, Ted Krygier, has put his best Photoshop skills to work, completing a colored rendering of what the Malibu could look like based on the patent sketches

In colored-up form, it's even more clear that the next-gen Malibu will use a design inspired by the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia up front, with a few Camaro-like touches around the rear end. The styling is quite a bit more aggressive than the current Malibu, and since the new car appears to have a shorter wheelbase, its road stance should be more akin to that of the Ford Fusion. Still, we like what we see thus far. Hat tip to Ted for the renderings!



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy ground clearance, Batman!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a large car without much interior space, exactly what companies should *not* be producing today. Say what you want about the odd shape of modern vehicles, including the giant "hatch-crossovers" in-betweeners like the Crosstour and Venza - they are very space efficient and their shape has a purpose.

      The front overhang also looks unwieldy in the Chevy design above - isn't the current trend to push the wheels to the corners as much as possible?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow that thing looks hideous...like a cartoon character car.

      But then again, we've already got the Ford version running around pissing away gas.,..the SHO.

      It's hard to believe people actually think this looks good...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was on another website, and sitting among a number of Cameros was something that looked like a Camero, but with 4 doors, a longer wheelbase, a higher roofline, a slightly lower hood, greater length between the rear wheel well and the bumper, and 3 "holes" for taillights. It was painted in Camero orange.

      Supposedly, this was a test mule for the 2012 Malibu, and it doesn't look much like the drawings posted above. If the test mule is the actual '12 Malibu, people who love the Camero but need a sedan with more trunk space will be flocking in droves.

      If the drawings are the '12 Malibu, then it's good, but it won't turn heads like the test mule.

      • 5 Years Ago
      ...i'm looking at a C-class with a camaro rear end. where's this new malibu you're talking about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That side profile reminds me a lot of the current C-Class...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the old Infiniti M, pre 2005. It looks good imo, nice to see some character in a design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing at first glance. It surprisingly looks proportionally different colored in vs the original.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even with color, these patent drawings are orthographic views of the car, which to my mind, distort its real-life proportions. I like the new design, but I'll reserve final judgment until a physical concept is constructed and viewed in conventional perspective.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed, these are flat views, theres not wrap of the body, i think the overhang wont look so bad once you factor perspective in
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's just a bigger version of the Cruise.

      Just look up a little further on the blog, nice color pictures, if you squint you can see th Malibu..
      • 5 Years Ago
      So where's the life and beauty and exuberance in this Malibu that is condemnably lacking in the Accord and Camry again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The patent drawings are in orthographic view, so you can't really get a great idea of the proportions of the car (the overhang will--hopefully--be less evident in real life), but great job overall!

      I think GM could have a pretty good looker on their hands (I mean, relative to what's out there...).
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the wheelbase?
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