2013 Chevrolet Malibu shows its face

By KBB.com Editors on April 13, 2011 6:06 PM

With its formal reveal coming early next week in China at the Shanghai Auto Show followed by a stateside debut in New York, several new bits of information and the first full exterior image of the comprehensively revised 2013 Chevrolet Malibu have been released. 

Charged with giving the eighth generation of this perennially popular mid-size U.S. sedan a new level of global appeal, the Malibu design team endowed it with a more athletic and contemporary appearance that it hopes will markedly elevate the car's international curbside profile. The 2013 Malibu's wider, more purposeful stance is reinforced by a prominent shoulder line and dynamically rendered hood and deck lid surfaces that are set off by stronger wheel forms. These are effectively complemented by a host of performance-oriented cues borrowed from both the Camaro and Corvette, not the least of which are the car's high-profile LED taillamps seen in the original teaser image. In addition to offering the first overall view of the car, Chevy also revealed that the 2013 Chevy Malibu will feature a segment-exclusive articulated radio faceplate that swings up to reveal a six-inch deep illuminated covered stow bin.

Those not planning to attend the Shanghai Auto Show can watch the live global premier of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu on the automaker's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Chevrolet) on Monday April 18th at 8:30 PM EDT. The car goes on display at the New York Auto Show starting April 20th, where Chevy promises that more information on the U.S.-spec version will be presented.