Chevrolet gave us an early look at the 2013 Malibu with a teaser photo and video released last month, and has now followed up on that with a glimpse at the car’s interior. The image, which was posted to Chevrolet’s Facebook page, reveals that the new Malibu’s interior will be nothing like that of the current car.
In contrast to the current Malibu’s aging, straight-edged layout, the new dashboard has a curvier design, apparently equipped with blue accent lighting and modern switchgear. Overall, it looks similar to designs used in newer Chevrolet products like the Camaro, Equinox, and Volt. As with those cars, the 2013 Malibu appears to employ a dual-binnacle instrument cluster, and the teaser image also shows off a large touchscreen entertainment system.
Unlike its predecessor, the new Malibu sedan is a global model slated to be sold in 100 different countries with minimal changes. Chevrolet promises a range of four-cylinder engines and six-speed transmissions. Based on what we’ve seen so far, it will wear a bold new design with more pronounced character lines, Camaro-inspired taillights, and Chevrolet’s signature two-bar grille. The 2013 Malibu will bow at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 18, and subsequently at the New York auto show. It should go on sale in America in mid-2012 as a 2013 model.