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.