Fuel-efficient powertrains; high-mileage Malibu ECO model; fresh, contemporary styling; MyLink connectivity; improved ride and handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has been completely redesigned for 2013, featuring an all-new styling inside and out, more economical new powertrains, improved ride and handling, more safety equipment and the new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with integrated Pandora and Stitcher audio streaming. Compared to the previous Malibu, this one is only slightly shorter, but it has a bit more interior volume plus more shoulder and hip room. Chevrolet is doing away with the V6 and instead going with an all-4-cylinder engine lineup. For now, there’s a conventional 2.5L 4-cylinder model, as well as a green, fuel-saving 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and electric motor combination good for EPA ratings of 25 mpg city, 37 highway. A turbocharged version of the Malibu is expected later in the model year.
The all-new Malibu competes with mid-size 4-door sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata; but with its 2013 redesign, the Malibu is being reconfigured more toward busy, always-connected parents and those who place a priority on fuel efficiency. For that, at somewhat less than the Camry Hybrid or Fusion Hybrid, the Malibu ECO stands out as a strong value–especially for those who plan to do more mileage on the highway. The Malibu should also hit the mark for shoppers who want a fresh design, as well as those who need to stay connected. Design-wise, the Malibu looks fresh and up-to-date with the rest of the Chevrolet lineup. And with the standard MyLink system, drivers can get simple hands-free calling functions as well as entertainment through streaming-audio apps.
The standard powertrain for most of the Malibu lineup in 2012 will be a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The new engine has direct injection and overhead cams, with four valves per cylinder and makes 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque on regular-grade gas. At a slightly higher price, the Malibu ECO will provide an option for those who want to maximize their fuel-efficiency. The ECO includes a 182-hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine combined with a 15-kW belt-driven motor/generator system that operates as a mild-hybrid system, boosting the powertrain during acceleration recapturing and storing some energy during coasting and braking. The system also allows the engine to shut off at stoplights, and then restart automatically when you lift your foot back off the brake pedal. The Malibu ECO also includes a small lithium-ion battery pack, stored just behind the rear seats. Altogether, the Malibu ECO achieves an EPA-rated 25 mpg city, 37 highway. Also on Malibu ECO models, an active shutter system shuts off airflow at the lower air intake when it’s not needed for cooling. And thanks to an aerodynamically optimized exterior, the new Malibu has the same coefficient of drag as the Chevrolet Volt. Across the model line, the Malibu gets a swoopy new dual-cockpit interior design, with much-upgraded materials; its exterior design has also been refreshed to fit in with other Chevy models like the Camaro and Cruze. One of the design highlights of the interior is a radio face that swivels outward, then up and in, to reveal a large storage space behind. The ECO comes standard with a lane-departure warning system, as well as rear parking sensors and a rearview camera system. There are eight standard airbags on all 2013 Malibu models, and separate rear thorax bags will also be optional. Just as the previous version, the 2013 Malibu is expected to come in a full range of trims, including basic LS, mid-range LT and top-of-the-line LTZ. Remote keyless entry, cruise control and tilt/telescopic steering adjustment were among many standard features at the base LS level, while LT models included upgraded wheels and trim (plus in step-up packages, extras like heated seats and remote start). The LTZ last year included more luxurious dress-ups, plus a sunroof, heated side mirrors, power leather seats, and automatic climate control. Look for LED taillamps to be offered, with HID headlamps available on top trims. All 2013 Malibu trims will include MyLink, a touch-screen-based system that serves as a hub for hands-free connectivity with smartphones, or media players connected by USB, and has integrated applications for Pandora and Stitcher internet radio services.
Most Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Ever Now Available
37-mpg Malibu Eco heads for Bob Maguire Chevrolet
driven by exclusive eAssist™ technology
BORDENTOWN – Chevrolet continued its global rollout of the all-new 2013 Malibu midsize sedan with the first shipment of its most fuel-efficient Malibu ever – the Malibu Eco – we have 2 cars on the lot, ready to drive and ready for delivery at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown, NJ.
The Malibu Eco is the first model of the all-new 2013 Malibu lineup to reach Bob Maguire Chevrolet, bringing with it:
- A sporty exterior shaped to save fuel
- An all-new interior with more room, comfort and premium materials
- Sound-reducing and sound-absorbing components to make it the quietest Chevrolet in history
- All-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that enhances customer connectivity
- All-new ride-and-handling package
- Engineering to meet top safety results around the world.
The heart of the Malibu Eco is its segment-exclusive, fuel-saving eAssist™ technology, which provides GM-estimated 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy. It combines start-stop technology with regenerative braking and a lightweight lithium-ion battery to provide an electric boost in certain conditions, improving fuel economy by 12 percent over today’s four-cylinder engine – and delivering better fuel economy than any non-hybrid midsize sedan currently available.
“Chevrolet made the new Malibu even better with more room inside, a premium interior and new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment technology. It’s also the quietest Chevrolet ever built with the ride and handling characteristics of a premium sports sedan. said Michael Maguire, President of Bob Maguire Chevrolet. “Add in the fuel economy of a compact sedan priced below a full hybrid and we believe the Malibu Eco offers an incredible value.
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L engine debuts in the Malibu later this summer, followed by an all-new Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine.
The new Malibu Eco has a suggested retail price of $25,995, including a $760 destination charge. The 2013 Malibu is Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan and will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents. Last year, the Malibu was GM’s second-best selling car in the United States behind the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
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Starting as early as this September you will be able to get your hands on Chevy’s newest and hottest car: the 2011 CRUZE. Derived from the Cobalt (which was derived from the Cavalier…so, by process of elimination, the CRUZE is derived from the Cavalier), the CRUZE is one of the few Compact-cars that can create a Midsized-car presence, but stay priced in the Compact-car range. As of now, you can pick up a CRUZE for as little as $16,995. Prices do vary by trim level, with the highest trim level starting at $22,695, but for the most part the 2011 Chevy CRUZE will stay priced between $16,995 and $18,895.
“We believe the CRUZE can redefine the expectations for Compact-car owners and shoppers who are new to the segment, ” said Chevy’s Vice President of Marketing, Jim Campbell. “For the price of a compact car, CRUZE offers styling, safety features, roominess, amenities, and refinement of a much more expensive car.”
The base 2011 Chevy CRUZE features:
- 1.8 Ecotec engine
- Six-Speed manual transmission
- Ten airbags
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing
- Traction control
- Anti-lock brakes
- Collapsible pedal system
- Power rear-door safety locks
- Air Conditioning
- Power windows and locks
- Keyless entry
- Driver information center
- XM Radio
Some of the plethora of options the CRUZE offers:
- In-dash navigation system
- 40-gigabyte hard drive
- Pause and Play radio
- Downloading of audio CDs
- Transferring MP3 files from a USB memory device
- Pioneer Audio System
- Nine speakers
- 250-watt amplifier
- Heated leather seats
- Ultrasonic rear park assist
- RS appearance package
- Rocker moldings
- Rear spoiler
- Front fog lamps
Be on the look-out for this new, eco-friendly Compact-car! The arrival date for the 2011 Chevy CRUZE will be early September of this year, so stop by your local Chevy dealer to ask a Salesman about all of the CRUZE’s details.