2013 Chevrolet Malibu priced from $23,150

Article by Christian A., on June 22, 2012

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be more expensive when the next-generation family sedan starts selling in August. The base model has a starting price of $23,150 (which includes a $760 destination charge). The 2013 Malibu is powered by General Motors’ new 2.5-liter engine. This is just a bit higher than the base 2012 model, which costs $22,870 with destination charges.

In addition, it is priced higher than the redesigned mid-sized sedans of its major rivals. It is priced $870 higher than the base 2013 Altima and is $335 more expensive than the base 2012 Toyota Camry. The prices for the Ford Fusion and Honda Accord, which will start selling this fall, have yet to be announced. GM said that those who buy the redesigned Malibu would get more value for what they pay compared to the outgoing Malibu.

The 2.5-liter engine can deliver 197hp, or about 17% higher than the 2.4-liter engine used by the outgoing model. In addition, the Malibu has a more spacious and more silent cabin. The Malibu LS base model is likely not to offer a significant improvement in fuel economy compared to the existing Malibu. The mileage ratings from the EPA have yet to be assigned but GM claims that the Malibu model with the 2.5-liter engine has a mileage that’s competitive for the segment, with highway mileage likely to reach the mid-30s.

On the highway, the outgoing Malibu could achieve 33 mpg. For those who want a frugal car, they would probably consider the Malibu Eco, which GM launched in March, around six months before the engine options.

Malibu Eco costs $26,095, including destination charges. It is powered by GM's 2.4-liter engine partnered with an eAssist mild hybrid system to return 37 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in city driving. In the first five months of 2012, Malibu sales increased by 11% to 110,035, making it the best-selling car of GM. It is also the No. 2 nameplate behind the Silverado pickup.

The brand new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu made its international first appearance with concurrent launchings in the United States and China. However, these are only two of the almost 100 countries found in six continents where it will be available. The Malibu is already a big part of the brand’s history as Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan but this new generation is expected to delight its customers all over the world with its ride performance, fuel-efficient powertrains, advanced technologies and expressive designs.

The present-model Malibu is credited for having changed how people think about Chevrolet. Comparatively, this all-new Chevrolet Malibu builds on what it has to offer with its enhanced styling, content and features, craftsmanship, fuel efficiency and dynamic capabilities that go up against high-end sedans, according to Rick Scheidt, Vice President, Chevrolet Marketing.

Bryan Nesbitt, Executive Director for GM Exterior Design and Chevrolet Brand Champion, said that to bring a “sporty sensibility” to the family sedan class, the exterior design of the all-new Chevrolet Malibu carries the same attributes from the Camaro and Corvette.

Its broader stance, wider shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler make the Malibu acquire a bolder and more athletic look.

It has a 62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are over 2 inches (51 mm) wider than its predecessor. It also has a 4.5-inch (114 mm) shorter wheelbase.

Furthermore, its exterior design has gained new Camaro-inspired LED dual-element taillamps and Chevrolet's dual-port grille, bigger Chevrolet bow-tie badges on the front and rear, and projector HID headlamps. Lastly, a range of large 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels completes its look.

Press Release

More Content, Value for Base Malibu; Lower Price for LTZ

DETROIT – When the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan goes on sale this summer with an all-new 2.5L Ecotec engine and 10 standard air bags, it will carry a suggested retail price of $23,150, including a $760 destination charge.

The midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate, the 2013 Malibu is available in LS, Eco, LT and LTZ models. Malibu Eco went on sale earlier this year, to be followed by the LS, LT and LTZ models. An all-new turbocharged Malibu LTZ will be available this fall – the first-ever turbocharged Malibu.

The base prices for all Malibu models – with a $760 destination charge – are:

  • LS (1LS trim): $23,150
  • LT (1LT trim): $24,765
  • LT (2LT trim): $26,000
  • Eco (1SA trim): $26,095
  • Eco (2SA trim): $27,705
  • LT (3LT trim with turbo): $27,710
  • LTZ (1LZ trim): $28,590
  • LTZ (2LZ trim with turbo): $30,925

The starting price represents a modest increase over the 2012 Malibu, at $22,870, but includes more content, features, safety equipment and technology. The base prices are lower for the uplevel LTZ models, which include all-new features such as Chevrolet MyLink with a seven-inch color-touch LCD screen, color LCD driver information center and dual-zone automatic climate controls.

The 2012 Malibu was the highest-performing midsize car in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM announced Wednesday.

All 2013 Malibu models deliver more cabin space, a quieter driving experience and greater performance from the new Ecotec 2.5L engine. It is standard in LS, LT and LTZ models (an Ecotec 2.4L eAssist is standard in Malibu Eco) and rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW) – nearly 17 percent more than the previous model. Its fuel economy will be competitive for the segment, with highway mileage expected to approach the mid-30s.

The 2013 Malibu lineup also offers greater safety, with 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

All models are covered by a transferrable five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

Standard powertrain and chassis content:

  • Ecotec 2.5L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing, rated at 197 horsepower (147 kW)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Panic brake assist
  • Electronic park brake
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Four-link rear suspension
  • Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels

Standard exterior content:

  • Active front lower grille aero shutters (LS, Eco, 3LT Turbo)
  • Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
  • Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

Standard interior content:

  • Air conditioning
  • Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three-month trial period)
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth phone 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
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Overhead console
  • Compass display
  • Two auxiliary power outlets
  • Rear center armrest with storage

Standard safety content:

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

Uplevel features:

In addition to the content included on LS models, Eco, LT and LTZ models add:

  • Seven-inch color touch-screen with concealed storage behind it
  • Chevrolet MyLink connected radio
  • Bluetooth streaming audio for select phones
  • USB port and auxiliary input jack
  • Ice-blue ambient lighting
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)
  • Color driver information center (Eco, 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models)
  • On 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models, an available advanced safety package adds Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A leather package for Eco (2SA) and LT (2LT/3LT) adds leather-trimmed seating and heated front seats.

On LTZ, the following features are also standard:

  • LED taillamps
  • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels
  • Dual exhaust with bright chrome accents
  • Silver grille insert
  • Fog lamps
  • Chrome door handles
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats with power lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Remote start
  • Power sunroof (2LZ)
  • An available premium package on the LTZ adds passive entry/keyless access, push-button starting, high-intensity discharge headlamps and driver’s memory seat and mirrors. Nineteen-inch wheels are also available.

Exterior Colors:

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Black
  • Black Granite Metallic
  • Blue Topaz Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • White Diamond Tricoat
  • Taupe Gray Metallic
  • Atlantis Blue Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic

Interior Color/Trim Choices:

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

Malibu Eco

The 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 an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.

All-new turbocharged powertrain

Malibu’s first-ever turbocharged powertrain is offered on LT and LTZ. The Ecotec 2.0L turbo is SAE-certified at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). Its peak torque is sustained from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm – a broad range that provides an immediate feeling of power in all driving conditions and helps produce 0-60 performance in 6.3 seconds.

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. In North America, Malibu is built at the Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants.


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