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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Gets Early Web Reveal

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Another image of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been published ahead of the car’s official Web reveal pegged for the night of Monday the 18th by--believe it or not--GM’s own media website. The latest image shows the Chinese market edition of the new sedan, though this car is virtually identical to the U.S. market version we saw leaked just a few days ago.

We can ascertain from the unmasked images, plus two previous official teasers, that the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be quite the looker. A more streamlined body, sharper lines and a purposeful stance give the car a more premium look, which should bode well for its new global status.

That’s right. The new Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents.

There’s no word on whether the previous generation’s V-6 or hybrid powertrains will return but GM has stated in the past that its latest Malibu will feature a global family of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines, along with six-speed transmissions.

Given the 2013 model-year designation, we don't expect to see the new Malibu on sale until sometime next year, with the current model filling in the gap until then. Expect full details via the live reveal on Monday, with the first public showings scheduled to take place at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show on April 19 and then at the 2011 New York Auto Show just a couple of days later.

Chevrolet fans on Facebook can watch the global premiere of the all-new Malibu live in the Malibu tab, while iPad and iPhone owners can watch the online reveal via a custom broadcast optimized for the personal mobile devices.

Stay tuned for an update.
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  1. MALIBU has come a LONG way in a short time - remember the horrid 1st generation (should I say 1st 're-gen') back in late 90's with it's Olds Cutlass twin? Then the slab-sided rebadged Opel with those nasty bug-eyes? I thought current model was the best looking mid-size sedan on the market until the Sonata & refreshed Fusion came along; this refresh is going to put some serious pressure on Accord & Camry... especially as this becomes a 'world car', GM is putting some needed cache on Chevy; in Latin America especially, Chevy's are cheap econoboxes... now a nice 'big' aspirational sedan. Like the Cruze, by GM trying to impress middle-class consumers in other markets, they are seriously upgrading their low-end Chevy models in the USA. NICE!
     
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  2. The interior quality looks like it's getting better, but the Camaro-esque tail lights seems really contrived. Still, most of us are more likely to rent this car, rather than own it.
     
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  3. Is that picture a Malibu's or a Cruze's?
     
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  4. I'm a little confused when I saw this. The Malibu looks great. Didn't GM just release the current Malibu? I feel like it hasn't been on the road longer than 2 years. I'm probably wrong, and my time estimate is off, but I just thought the current Malibu is still pretty recent.
    The car in Chevy's lineup that truly needs an overhaul is the Impala. Now, I know the current Impala and Monte Carlo are pushing 5 years on the road. Yikes!
     
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  5. Those are some nice lines! Very sleek and modern. It is about freaking time!
     
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  6. Good improvement on an already decent car. Makes me wonder why GM has allowed the Impala to whither on the vine as long as it has. It's got to be the most dated looking car out there now that the Grand Marquis is gone.
     
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  7. HAH@Adamk: A! It's true, most of us are more likely to rent this car than own it.
    With that said, the changes look good. I still wouldnt buy it, but I do enjoy seeing American cars trying.
     
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