The above teaser shot released by General Motors shows its new Camaro-inspired LED tail lamps. The new Malibu will ride on GM's smaller Epsilon II platform that currently underpins the Buick Regal (Opel Insignia ). GM says that the new Malibu will be wider than the model it replaces, and a more rakish exterior design can be expected. The Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six different continents, and thus, a global design that would appeal to all markets is necessary in order for it to be a success. I am hopeful that Singapore will be included in the list of 100 countries, and it will replace the unloved Chevrolet Epica.
The Malibu is expected to be available with four-cylinder engines, including GM's naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Ecotec four and its turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplant. These engines will be paired up to a six speed transmission. Rumor has it that a hybrid version is also in the works, as is an all wheel drive model. The official reveal of the Chevrolet Malibu at Shanghai can be viewed live from the automaker’s Facebook page on Monday, 18 April 11 at 8.30 PM Eastern Time. Before that, here’s a video of the designer explaining the design elements of the new model.