GM unveiled today at the 2011 New York Auto Show the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO. As expected, the 2013 Malibu ECO is powered by a 2.4-liter Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivering 180 horsepower (134 kW) and mated to a six-speed transmission. Malibu’s eAssist system uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking electric assist and start-stop functionality.
Weighing only 65 pounds (29 kg), the eAssist system has a 15-kW motor-generator in order to help you increase fuel economy. Althouth sales of the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will start in early 2012, the Malibu ECO will be available in summer 2012, while pricing will be announced at a later date. Regarding the fuel consumption, GM expects the car to deliver an estimated 26 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway. Regarding the design, the Malibu ECO features an aerodynamic exterior and this includes underbody aero enhancements, electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille (seen also on the Cruze ECO) capable to close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle.
“The Malibu ECO is a smart choice for customers who want excellent fuel economy without the price premium of popular hybrid sedans,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The Malibu ECO’s 38-mpg highway estimate is comparable with those hybrids.”