2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco will carry a sticker price of $25,995

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 22, 2011

General Motors said that the eco-friendly version of the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu that goes on sale in early 2012 is priced at $25,995 (including a $760 destination charge). The Malibu Eco will start selling for around six months before the Malibu, which is powered by the standard 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, becomes available next summer.

The Eco version is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s combined with GM’s e-Assist technology, equipped with an electric motor and lithium ion battery, stop-start system and other technologies to improve fuel economy by approximately 20%. GM said that the vehicle offers 28 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

GM mentioned in a press release that the Malibu Eco has a lower price than the full hybrid versions of the mid-sized sedans of rivals. For instance, the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a price tag of $29,495, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid costs $26,600, and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is priced at $26,545. The prices include destination charges.

However, full hybrids cost more to build and they outperform the Malibu Eco in terms of fuel economy, particularly in city driving.

The Fusion Hybrid offers 41 mpg in the city while the Camry Hybrid gets 43 mpg. The Malibu Eco is the first Chevy vehicle to be equipped with MyLink, the brand’s new infotainment system that integrates content like Pandora Internet radio from drivers’ smartphones.

The prices for the other versions of the 2013 Malibu have yet to be announced. The 2012 Malibu is available in three trim levels (LS, LT and LTZ). The features of the Eco are similar to those of the current LT trim level, which has Bluetooth and is priced at $24,115, including destination charges.

The all-new Chevrolet Malibu has both the characteristics of a Corvette and Camaro. The Malibu’s exotic racing appearance is owed to the new integrated rear spoilers, extensive shoulder lines and the much wider stance.

As compared with the previously released Malibu model, this highly aggressive midsize car comes out with a much wider rear and front tracks and shorter wheelbase. The wheelbase measures 112mm while the front and rear tracks are 1574mm or 51mm wider.

As for the interiors, the new Chevrolet Malibu bears the new and sophisticated dual cockpit design. There is also more space inside due to the wider width. The interior room has an extra 113L volume and 28L more space at the compartment. To make it cosier, Chevrolet added soft lighting in ice-blue to complement all the accessories and chrome trims within its surroundings. The storage pockets and instrument panel also bear the same lighting effect.

Several storage areas are available inside the Malibu so you will never run out of space. One of them is the articulating radio face that keeps a 6-inches secret storage box disguised. This can be found right behind the 7-inch radio touch screen display. Incidentally, this type of feature is something new for the midsize category in the US.

The new Malibu model also features Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. This package includes the Stitcher SmartRadio and Pandora Internet radio online services. MyLink consists of wireless connectivity with the use of Bluetooth technology. With this feature, passengers and the driver will enjoy the hands-free capability of using their smartphones. MyLink comes with a full touch screen monitor in high definition to help you manage your busy lifestyle while on the road.

Press Release

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced Under $26,000

The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco midsize sedan will start at $25,995 when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter of next year, reinforcing the value proposition of the midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate.

The suggested retail price includes a $760 destination charge – but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees.

The 2013 Malibu Eco is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors’ eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver a GM-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.

Malibu Eco’s highway efficiency is comparable to the segment’s popular full hybrids and diesels, but delivered at a lower price:

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 36 mpg
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 40 mpg
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 39 mpg
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 40 mpg
Malibu Eco is part of the all-new, 2013 Malibu lineup – Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan – designed to give customers more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, along with the craftsmanship and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans. It has a more powerful engine – 182 hp / 134 kW – than the Fusion (156 hp / 116 kW), Camry (178 hp / 132 kW) or Passat (140 hp / 104 kW).

Product highlights for North American models include:

  • Expressive exterior designed to stand out, with a wide, athletic stance
  • Aerodynamically optimized exterior, including underbody aero enhancements and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle
  • All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize segment
  • First Chevrolet car to offer new Chevrolet MyLink connectivity, which integrates online services such as Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
  • European-influenced ride and handling traits
  • More safety features and technologies, including eight standard air bags, ultra-high-strength steel and rearview camera system.

Additional fuel-saving features include:

  • Eco-specific lightweight components and systems, including an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, low-mass carpet and dash mat and more, which save approximately 130 pounds (58 kg) over a comparably equipped non-Eco model
  • An Eco gauge in the cluster that continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving. An Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode
  • Seventeen-inch low-rolling-resistance all-season Goodyear tires
  • The eAssist system mated to a fuel-efficient 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine, a variant of the same engine that was recognized as one of Ward's Ten Best Engines in 2010, is lightweight and features dual-overhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic throttle control. It also has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head.
  • A five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is standard on the Malibu Eco. Certain eAssist components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, including the electric motor generator, three-phase electric power cables and high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

The Malibu Eco is offered with cloth or leather seats in eight exterior and three interior color choices. It is well-equipped in standard form and available with four equipment packages: Package 1 – Power Convenience; Package 2 – Premium Audio; Package 3 – Leather; and Package 4 – Navigation.

Standard powertrain and chassis content:

  • Ecotec 2.4L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing and eAssist technology, rated at 182 horsepower (135 kW)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
  • 2.64:1 axle ratio
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Regenerative braking
  • Grade braking control
  • Panic brake assist
  • Electronic park brake with push button
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Four-link rear suspension
  • Seventeen-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P225/55R17 all-season low-rolling-resistance Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires

Standard exterior content:

  • Active front lower grille aero shutters and aerodynamic underbody panels
  • Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors (body color)
  • Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
  • Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

Standard interior content:

  • Chevrolet MyLink
  • Six-inch-deep illuminated (when headlamps are on) hidden storage behind articulating touch screen radio face
  • Air conditioning – dual zone automatic climate control with odor filter
  • Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack
  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen for the audio system
  • USB port for the audio system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with express down feature
  • Power door and window locks
  • Driver information center
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
  • Ice blue ambient lighting
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Overhead console
  • Compass display
  • Two auxiliary power outlets
  • Rear center armrest with storage

Standard safety content:

  • OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections plan, including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, and more.
  • Dual-stage frontal air bags
  • Driver and front passenger thorax side-impact air bags
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags (front and rear outboard seating positions)
  • Safety belt pretensioners
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

Package 1 – Power Convenience includes all standard equipment plus:

  • Eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control
  • Rearview backup camera system
  • Remote start
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener

Package 2 – Premium Audio includes all content in Package 1 plus:

  • Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier
  • Fog lamps
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel

Package 3 – Leather includes all content in Package 2 plus:

  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar control
  • Heated front seats

Package 4 – Navigation includes all content in Package 3 plus:

  • Navigation system
  • Memory seats and mirrors
  • Auto-up driver’s window
  • A power-operated sunroof is available on Packages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Exterior Color Choices:

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Black Granite Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • White Diamond Tricoat
  • Taupe Gray Metallic
  • Steel Blue Metallic (late availability)
  • Champagne Silver Metallic (late availability)

Interior Color/Trim Choices:

  • Jet Black
  • Jet Black/Titanium
  • Cocoa/Light Neutral

The Eco is the first trim level of an all-new Malibu lineup to launch in the United States. Other Malibu trim levels including, LS, LT and LTZ, are scheduled to begin production next summer in Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck. The 2013 Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and will serve as a flagship Chevrolet midsize in many parts of the world. The Malibu is built in multiple locations including the United States, China and Korea.

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