New Chevrolet Teases 2013 Malibu Before Shanghai Launch

Chevrolet’s presently released this teaser video and taillight image of the latest, eighth-generation Malibu along with the announcement that the car, currently a global product, will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 18.

The Malibu, before a North American car only, will become GM’s newest global car in its eighth generation and the Chevrolet brand’s initial global midsize sedan. Chevrolet says the next Malibu will be sold in 100 countries on six continents and built at several plants around the world. The Malibu, Chevrolet says, was designed for a worldwide audience with “European-inspired driving characteristics,” which should mean sporty handling.

As you can see, this global influence also means sporty look. While you can see the evolution from the present generation Malibu to the new car, the 2013 Malibu is less round and swoopy and more sharp and edgy. The common shape of the headlights and two-bar grille remain, but are bolder and protrude more from the body. Character outline along the hood and doors are more pronounced, as are the car’s hips and big wheels. The rear finish draws clear influence from the Camaro with its squared taillights, rectangular fascia and dual exhaust tips. The car you see here is a Chinese-spec model, but Chevrolet says there will be smallest differences between U.S.-spec and Chinese-spec cars.