The next generation Chevrolet Malibu has been photographed, while disguised under what looks like a pile of black tarps. It looks like the car has a longer rear door area which means that work could be being done to correct the problems with a lack of leg room in the back of the car. Many buyers have not been happy with this issue because it was put on a shorter Epsilon platform in 2013 and it meant that the room was compromised. The doors seem to have a tapering scallop in the same way that the Mercedes Benz C and S-class models do which gives them an elegant look.
It is expected that the front will look like the Impala with rather a stern expression. The car pictures had head lights that are horizontal and low and the width of the car has bars that are covered up which means that there could be stacked grills on this model like the current Malibu has. There is some Velcro in the upper grille area which looks like there could be a cruise control sensor, possibly a forward obstacle warning as well.
The back window is almost down to the trailing edge of the book which makes the car look slinky in the way that the Audi A7 does. The decklid has an elegant arch from fender to fender when looked at straight form the back. It looks like the back lights may be different to the Camaro inspired ones that it had before to lower ones with single lenses.
It is important that this car is on the market despite it being one that has seemed to have plateaued recently. There are still people buying this sort of vehicle and although the current Malibu has not been that successful it is hoped that this replacement will be much more of a hit compared to the last version as well as the enhancement which came out this year.
It is expected that the GM global Epsilon II platform will be used again for this car but a more up to date version with possible an option of all wheel drive. It is expected that it will have the same base engine of a 2.5 litre four cylinder and a 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder as well. It may also have options of one of the new small turbocharged engines that GM has on offer and possibly one that is greener. The future could even see a full on hybrid as well as an SS model such as the Buick Regal GS.
The carw ill see competition from the Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima, VW Passat, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata. It is expected that it will be at the end of 2015 when it appears on the market and will be priced around the $24k mark. It could be though that it gets into 2016 with a 2017 model year.