2010 Chevy Cobalt, Mostly Revealed

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It looks like the engineers working on the 2010 Chevy Cobalt have decided to ditch most of the non-paint camouflage and by doing so are now showing off most of the grille, headlights, tail-lights and greenhouse. This is it. This is very likely the new Cobalt. From the angles snapped by the swift photogs at KGP it looks like the new Cobalt is going to borrow some lines from the larger Chevy Malibu, which is a good place to start. This is abundantly clear in the all-but-revealed two-tier grille. This is the same platform set to underpin the Chevy Nubira, Volt and other vehicles. Full spy report below the jump.

Spy Report
We just snapped the latest, and best shots yet of the car that looks to be the next Chevy Cobalt. A similar prototype has been shot in various guises, but never from all pertinent angles while uncovered—in full Chevrolet trim. The new Cobalt will utilize GM's new global compact vehicle architecture, and will be shared globally—reportedly being sold abroad in similar form as the Chevrolet Nubira and and the Daewoo Lancetti abroad. The platform is also pegged to underpin the next-generation Saturn Astra and even the Chevy Volt.

These latest shots give us a great taste of the further evolution of Chevrolet's two-tiered grille treatment, and the new Cobalt's chunky profile. The first-ever look at the Cobalt's largely undisguised tail treatment also reminds us of the recently revealed Opel Insignia, with its BMW-inspired raised trunk line and side sculpting. This new Cobalt is expected to appear in U.S. showrooms in 2010.

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So this will probably be the new Chevy Cobalt, shared with the Nubira, the Lancetti nameplate as well. So I would be guessing that this car will no longer be built in Lordstown, but at the Daewoo Plant in Korea. Judging from the Aveo, this won't be any better than the current Cobalt, and may be worse.