Monday, August 29, 2011

Thoughts on 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Personal File: This is a post I've been working on for quite some time as I really can't get past the 'bangle butt' on the recently unveiled 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Don't get me wrong though, this car is amazing and the interior is top notch. I just don't care for some of the high level exterior details.

Not one to leave a stone unturned, I wanted to see what I could do with it. So I created two different looks for the rear clip:

  1. Clean and Contemporary Look (simplified rear fenders, more integrated trunk lid, adjusted rear passenger window cut line, and simplified tail lights)
  2. Retro-inspired (mid to late 50s) Look (completely rescultped rear fenders, trunk lid, adjusted rear passenger window, and further tweaked tail lights)

Since I was on a roll, I went ahead and modified the front end as well. IHMO, I feel it too is a little over designed.

What do you think? Do my adjustments look better? worse? or just different? :)

All source photos copyright original owners


  1. Your version is much easier on the eyes, Nick. I personally think that the current Malibu is better looking. The '13 model looks over-wrought from every angle. I especially don't care for the HUGE led "Camaro inspired" Ray-Ban wayfarer taillights. What GM should have done was a simple re-fresh (like Ford did with the Fusion) and paid attention where it was TRULY needed, the interior. Instead they’ve taken what was a decent looking car to begin with and did a ham fisted re-design; sad.

  2. thanks justcorey for your comments. I totally agree - great platform but a little too over-styled for my tastes. I actually thought the current interior was pretty nice but I really do like the 2013 one a lot - in the right colors and trim of course :)

  3. No problem!! I'm sure, here in MI, it'll sell because people have this DIE-HARD allegiance to all things D3 here. The current interior is nice but even in the LTZ trim, the plastics are unnecessarily hard.