• Apr 14, 2011
2013 Chevrolet Malibu – Click above for high-res image

Well, what do we have here? It seems that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has leaked online on General Motors' own media site. Only this lone picture has surfaced, but it gives us a very good glimpse at the next-gen Malibu ahead of the car's official debut at the rapidly approaching Shanghai Motor Show.

Despite the fact that we can only see one angle of the car, it's clear that the 2013 Malibu will be a nice looking piece of sheetmetal. Up front is the latest incarnation of the stacked Bowtie grille of the current Chevrolet range, flanked by a pair of multi-element headlights. The flanks are well sculpted, with a distinct Coke bottle kink that catches the eye.

We can't see the rear of the car from this shot, but we know that the 2013 Malibu will sport tailights reminiscent of the Camaro's four-pack of red lenses. And, judging by the few teasers of the interior, GM intends to pack its next midsize entry to the gills with all the latest technology.

Click on the image above to view the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in high resolution, and let us know what you think in the Comments.

[Source: General Motors]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful car,i hope they bring back the SS.I think a solid 6 cylinder with a supercharger would do the trick.That's what i would do if i was in charge.

      RANDY
        Billy
        • 3 Years Ago
        SS 2.5 Turbocharged GDI would be a good start, let it atleast make 300 hp to match the sonata turbo. Even better if they could match the SHO hp rating with 365 hp. The ecotec engine is a great engine and
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, it looks the same lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice progressive update of the current Malibu.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I totally see Taurus....
      • 3 Years Ago
      By this picture/rendering ...

      I see old stodgy Buick lines.
      Chevy always looks a gen or two behind.

      Hopefully it will have better proportions in person than the Buick.
      Big greenhouse, short hood with huge long headlights(not a good look)

      The front grill reminds of the SSR.
      The corporate grill needs to go.
      It looks old.
        David A King
        • 3 Years Ago
        Absolutely....I've been saying it looks like a Buick Century at the rear door. Not a good progression. The old body style still looks better than this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good from the front. I agree it both manages to look muscular and look like a car you'd put your family in.

      But if the butt is really Bangled... Too bad there aren't more shots.

      Where are the yellow reflectors on front? Those look like "clear corners" which aren't legal in the US. is it possible they somehow reflect yellow from the side even though we can't see any yellow in the lamps when looking from this angle?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The turn signals can be clear, but there must be amber reflectors, per DOT. However, the reflectors need not be in the headlight/turn signal housing. So while the E46 may have had clear turn signals, they probably put an amber reflector elsewhere on the front end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh, and enough with the "leak" designation. GM released this on purpose.
        • 3 Years Ago
        AFAIK clear corners are legal, they just have to project amber when the turn signal is activated. Either that or BMW (among others, but they're the first brand I can think of) just has a complete and utter disregard for the laws of the land as they had clears on the post refresh E46.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thank you MastrCake. I forgot this was a China announcement.

        I wonder if the China bumper needs to be changed for the US too?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Amber-accented lights will most likely be added to the US version. This is the international version, which is to be unveiled in Shanghai. I'm assuming the US version will have a few very minor tweaks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really proud of the American automakers' stylistic renaissance! This is another example of progress. Good job Chevrolet - very attractive!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think autoblog has a wrong picture for this article.
      The picture looks exactly like the buick regal and lacross.
      Is this a joke? or is this really the new malibu??
      • 3 Years Ago
      It just Vauxhall Insignia

      wow big surprise chevy
      • 3 Years Ago
      badass
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it but I have one complaint and it goes for almost all Chevy designs. I really hate the horizontal split grill. And the Bowtie is too big.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it come to China? I'm waiting for...
        • 3 Years Ago
        This will be sold in almost 100 countries, and built (at the least) in two North American assembly plants as well as one in China.

        Hmmm, might take one of these instead of a Camaro. Very nice.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, GM is expanding the Chevy brand in China (and other places), so you should expect to see the Malibu globally.

        As in the US, it won't replace Buick, it'll complement Buick as a lower-priced, higher-value offering.
        • 3 Years Ago
        From the photo it is obviously already there which makes sense because GM developed this new Malibu with the Chinese market in mind first and foremost due to China's growing demand for cars. The residual effect will be the new incarnation and continuation of the brand in North America. GM is hoping for Chevrolet to have the same success in china that Buick enjoys and this car is to be a big part of it.
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