General Motors confirmed today it will be unveiling the 2008 Chevy Malibu at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. In order to keep us interested, the General also released an official shot of the Malibu's interior, said to be dressed in one of the car's available two-tone color combinations. In fact, Ed Peper, Chevy's General Manager, says in the press release that the Malibu, "will offer a number of striking and progressive interiors." That certainly sounds like Chevy may be offering more than one interior for the Malibu, much like with the new Chevy Silverado that offers two totally different interiors, one in which luxury is paramount and another for the worker bee. That speculation aside, the interior we see here features a dual cockpit design very reminiscent of the last generation Mustang's interior with two sweeping archs that define the driver and passenger space. We dig the rawhide red leather (check it out on the shifter) and matching dash panels, though one can never tell from a photo whether or not those large swaths of plastic feel rental car chintzy. The center stack features the new GM switchgear we've tested and liked in other cars, though the gauge pod buried within three deep cylinders looks like the similar kind used by Nissan of which we aren't so fond. All in all, however, color us impressed and now very anxious to see the whole car at the Detroit auto show in early January.
Check out the full press release offered by GM after the jump.
[Source: General Motors]
Chevrolet to unveil all-new 2008 Malibu in January
DETROIT, Mich. – Chevrolet confirmed today that the all-new 2008 Malibu will be unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and released a sneak peek of one of the car's available two-tone interiors, which demonstrates a new level of refinement in the extremely competitive mid-size car segment.
"The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu's interior showcases the precision and detailed execution that will differentiate it among the mid-size car segment," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager. "The 2008 Chevy Malibu will offer a number of striking and progressive interiors that use premium materials to demonstrate quality and value not seen before in this segment."
In the sneak peek photograph, the roomier Malibu cabin showcases Chevy's classic dual cockpit design.
The new Malibu builds on the success of its current model, which garnered many awards such as the 2005 J.D. Power Initial Quality Award and the 2006 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Top Safety Picks" silver medal.