The Chevy Malibu plays in the soft underbelly of the automotive marketplace — the boring mid-size segment. With the exception of two cars that at least look moderately attractive — the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima — we wouldn't give any of the segment's middling middle-of-the-road beige-boxes a second look. And an attractively-styled American mid-size? Ha! Don't make me laugh. And laugh I did — until I got this video and a photo of a Camaro-esque taillight teasing the 2013 Chevy Malibu.

Wait, an attractive Malibu? Maybe. Decide for yourself.

If you're buying in today's mid-size segment, you've already pretty much surrendered any pretense of owning an enthusiast vehicle. But the least an automaker can do is make their cars look attractive. It's working for Hyundai and Kia.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu may actually look coolS

God, I shouldn't even be running anything on a car like this — but I can't help it. I want to hope that a mid-size 'merican car can at least look cool. I know that I'll likely just see General Motors dash my hopes with a dose of reality when the real deal's unveiled on April 20th, but dammit, can't a man hope?

Whatever. Watch the video if you want.