The forthcoming, updated Chevrolet Malibu has been spotted testing near General Motors’ proving grounds in the United States, and judging by the amount of camouflage applied, this could be an extensive revision. The Malibu mule’s front and rear have been just about entirely concealed, suggesting that the bumpers, light assemblies, quarter panels, and bootlid and bonnet stand to be redesigned.

Known as a mid-size sedan in its domestic American market, in more local terms the Malibu slots into the D-segment category including the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, and the Kia Optima.

Though unconfirmed, the upcoming Malibu facelift could feature a 1.6 litre turbodiesel which already serves in the Cruze, and the existing 250 hp/350 Nm turbo petrol four could carry on here along with the 182 hp Malibu Hybrid.

For now, details of its interior are similarly vague, however the facelifted Malibu can also be expected to draw upon recent models such as the Cruze and the Equinox for design cues, along with the requisite updates to the infotainment systems to Chevrolet’s latest MyLink setup. The facelifted Chevrolet Malibu is expected to debut in the first half of next year as a 2019-year model.