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GM Releases First Full Picture Of Chevy Malibu

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On: Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 4:27PM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Releases First Full Picture Of Chevy Malibu

Chevy has been giving us peeks and glimpses at the 2013 Malibu for weeks now. This week, it officially pulled the full cover off, revealing a shot of the Malibu's exterior. We don't know that it will make much of a splash, but Chevy's next global car is official.

The first teaser photo of the Malibu that Chevy released showed sporty, Camaro-inspired taillights. At the time, Chevy described the redesigned mid-sized sedan as a more athletic, more aggressive take on the Malibu. From those taillights, we had no problem taking the company at its word.

But, now that we've seen the full car, we're thinking "slightly remodeled 2011 Malibu." Sure, the hood is sculpted out more and has a more powerful look. And the headlights, grille, and front bumper have been redesigned, but overall it's less of a evolution than we were expecting from Chevy's language in its original teaser video. But I guess it wouldn't be like a car company to describe its latest design with anything less than marketing-department hyperbole.

Chevy hasn't detailed the powertrain of the 2013 Malibu, but has indicated it will be offered with a selection of four-cylinder powerplants accompanied by six-speed transmissions.

This year's overlapping of the New York and Shanghai auto shows worked out quite well for Chevy. Chevy is stressing that the new Malibu will be a global car, with a reach into 100 markets around the big, blue ball. As such, Chevy will make the Malibu official at back-to-back events in Shanghai and New York.

The Shanghai event will go down at 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 18. For those not planning to fly across the world, you can catch it live on Chevy's facebook page. The event will also be streamed to iPhones and iPads. The New York event will follow on April 20.


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