According to Edmunds’ InsideLine, Chevy will not build a coupe version of the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu. Such a model was being considered and a rendering was presented to select journalists last week at GM’s Design Studio in Warren, Michigan.
During the presentation, GM Vice President of global design Ed Welburn displayed the rendering in passing, which IL describes as a detailed sketch or painting rather than a product of Photoshop. And while Welburn didn’t specifically point the rendering out in the presentation, he later told the folks at IL that “A Malibu coupe could be a pretty nice car. But it is not in the plan right now.”
Furthermore, IL states that the design had a chrome trim surrounding the green house as well as a fast backlight similar to the (sexy) unit found in the Cadillac CTS Coupe.
The GM Authority Take
Having seen the new Malibu sedan in person, we can assertively say that it is a beautiful design, and a coupe variant would have undoubtedly looked stunning.
In fact, we questioned the absence of a Malibu Coupe at our inception nearly two years ago, challenging whether Chevy was truly a full-line automaker without such a vehicle. Our theory was that if Chrysler (200), Honda (Accord Coupe), and Nissan (Altima Coupe) could all make a business case for two-door variants of their midsized sedans, why couldn’t the largest automaker in the world?
We hope that a Malibu Coupe will come at some pot in the future. For now, at least we have the Camaro.