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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Holden Malibu medium sedan will sit between the small Cruze and the full-size Commodore in Holden’s Australian line-up from next year.

The vehicle will be officially unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 19 and streamed live on Chevrolet’s Facebook page.

Until then, we have a teaser image and a video interview with Malibu lead exterior designer, Dan Gifford, which features a hologram of the vehicle.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, today confirmed the Malibu would be sold in Australia from 2012 with a range of “fuel-efficient and responsive” engines.

“The Malibu will play an important role within the Holden line-up, providing a spacious and efficient four-cylinder alternative for Australian customers,” Mr Devereux said.

He said the Malibu was intended to bridge the gap between the Cruze and the Commodore.

“It will be a standout on the road, with striking styling in the same vein as recent additions to the GM portfolio, including the new-generation Barina and Cruze hatch,” Mr Devereux said.

“Like the Holden Cruze, Malibu will surprise customers with its array of clever technologies and features.”

The Malibu is the first mid-sized Chevrolet designed for the global market. It will be sold in up to 100 countries and across every continent.

In the video, Mr Gifford explains the goal was to make the new Malibu more athletic and aggressive, as well as relaxed and fun to drive, in an attempt to appeal to as many different markets as possible.

“We borrowed some of the cues and some of the DNA from our performance vehicles – Camaro and Corvette. It looks good even when it’s sitting in your driveway,” Mr Gifford said.

CarAdvice will bring you full coverage of the Malibu unveiling next month, as well as any other bits and pieces that leak out in the lead-up.