The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu won’t make its official debut until next week’s Shanghai Motor Show, but a General Motors slipup means we got a look at the car today. This full, undisguised image of the 2013 Malibu appeared on GM’s media site early this morning — and was subsequently removed.
What the image reveals is a smart, smoother nose than on the current Malibu, with lines and curves inspired by new Chevrolet vehicles like the Cruze and Equinox. The car wears chrome accent trim, large wheels, and a hood bearing muscular strake lines. Previous teaser photos showed that the car’s trunk will don square, Camaro-esque taillights; the interior will sport a redesigned center stack and a flip-out touchscreen infotainment system. Overall, the design is sharper than the current car.
Chevy says it will sell the car in 100 different countries with minimal changes, and the powertrain options are headlined by four-cylinder engines and six-speed transmissions. Although originally slated to launch in mid-2012, it’s now believed the Malibu will enter production in January 2012 and hit dealerships that March.
The Malibu’s full, official reveal takes place next Monday, April 18 in Shanghai and will be streamed live online at watchthenewchevymalibuinhd.com