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We've seen patent drawings of the Chevrolet Malibu, and now spy shooters have captured the real thing cruising the hinterlands like a Yeti. Additional styling elements will be added to the bodywork, giving the current car's graceful bulk a few more angles and a bit more finesse.
The prototype's better-looking than the patent sketches indicate, which is no surprise, but we're still looking forward to how those front and rear lights will evolve. At least in back, it looks like they won't be true dual units, as envisioned on a couple of sketch-based renderings, but will have single lenses outboard and another set on the trunk.

Inside, which is where we think the Malibu can really step up its game, "vastly improved" materials are said to be on the way. A significantly better ride will come courtesy of the HiPer strut system on the car's new Epsilon II platform.

[Source: Car & Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The back reminds me of a Lexus...it will be interesting to see what comes out next
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks kinda weird
      • 4 Years Ago
      Loving the Camaro-style taillights. Hope the rear overhang isn't as bad as it looks in these spy shots, but that's at least better than the massive front overhang common in this class.

      Moreover, I hope Chevy has refined the four-cylinder NVH, 6AT shift program, rear-cabin narrowness, front-seat support, and dash plastics quality. Take care of all those aspects, and you've got a class leader.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder when they'll get around to putting the DI 4 cyl from the Equinox in the Malibu. If they can do that at a decent price point, it will be huge. 32 MPG in a 3800 lb crossover is already good, how much would you get with the same engine, 6 speed auto in a 3200 lb sedan?

      Can't really comment on the looks. I saw these same kinds of photos on the Cruze (looked ugly) and that car looks a lot better in person. Time will tell, I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it will get the 2.4 liter DI 182 hp and probably a turbo variant as an option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me, these spy shots make it look a lot more Monte Carlo -esque, and that results in far less pleasing to the eyes FOR ME.

      I think the current one is darn near on-target except for the rear taillights look cheap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *sigh... Do I have to wait till see what Chevrolet and others have to offer, or can I just go buy my Hyundai Sonata/Ford Fusion now? This market is just... so competitive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Poopy

        I was talking about the 2.0L ecoboost motor that is coming out I guess I should have stated that but oh well. I am also hoping that awd drive makes it into the mix with the dct! Take notes GM thats how you build a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As grotesquely overweight as the other Epsilon II products are I'm not getting my hopes up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I cant wait for the ecoboost fusion to come out already the anticipation is killing me!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting how the undergogs, Fusion and Sonata, are increasingly becoming the reference alongside Camry and Accord (which are arguably on their way down)

        Will Chevy climb to the top or will stay where it is?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the MKV Jetta. Big and bulky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With just these spy shots to go by, I like the current design better. This is pretty busy, I like the current simple one.

      Although I really need to see more to be sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree but we haven't gotten a clear angle in the shots and it is still in camo.
        It might not beat the last gen's look but I'm sure it'll look a lot better in it's final form.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You got a much clearer view of what it would look like in those patent drawings that were leaked out a few weeks ago.

        I think the current one looks great, and this new one looks even better. Never liked the rear-end styling of the current one, and this one seems to fix that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks kinda bland and old style (similar to how the Cruze looks compared to the new Focus). With Ford's awesome new MyFord Touch interior driver interface breaking new ground and leap-frogging the industry, I don't see anything that exciting coming from Chevy... even the new Sonata has more style!

      Plus, as Ford rolls out the new 2.0 I4 EcoBoost across their line-up and gets 35+ MPG with V6 performance out of the Fusion... what's Chevy's answer...?
        • 4 Years Ago
        So Chevy has a turbo lag I4 engine since '06... so what... it doesn't have the (125) patented engine controlls that Ford's EcoBoost uses to elimiante turbo-lag and seemlessly integrate with the 6-speed auto trans for the awesome driving experience that is EcoBoost.

        Plus, the MyFord Touch driver interface is "Unmatched" by ANY competitor and gives Ford a significant competitive advantage... here's what independent technology consulting firm Gartner has to say: "MyFord Touch could be a category killer. Right now, Ford has redefined this market, and it has made it very difficult for anybody to enter the space and compete...." Makes Chevy look sooooooo far behind and OnStar is an expensive and obsolete joke!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chevy's answer is they've sold a 2.0L 261HP DI turbo 4 cylinder in the US since 2006. And they've already announced a variant of it for use in the Buick Regal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will we finally see this car in Europe? I imported a 2008 Chevy Malibu to Spain and is really an excellent car, even compared to european cars. The actual Chevrolet (Daewoo) Epica actually sold in Europe is a very poor car and it´s far far away from the cars it´s supposed to compete (at least here in Europe) like the Ford Mondeo or the Opel Insignia (Buick Regal in North America). Please, bring this car to Europe. It´s more than Urgent!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drove the current one as a rental. It's ok, but not class leading. The performance isn't enough for the money or to overcome the meh interior. The new one needs a kick-ass motor and six speed auto and a manual transmission to halo the line IAW Ford's SHO.
      Otherwise the Malibu is straight to car rental fleets.

        • 4 Years Ago
        its because you drove the Malibu LS, which is low end of all malibus and comes with a 4 speed auto. LT and LTZ is where the Malibu shines, with the 6 speed auto, and a more premium interior trim. same breed, different cat. try again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will never be caught dead in a Ford. Like the current Fusion, next to a Malibu, it looks badly put together. The Taurus is cramed inside and sync is nothing more than a microsoft pc wired into a car.
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