2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco – HybridCars.com

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Timing is everything. The Chevrolet Malibu Eco, with a mild hybrid with an EPA rating of 25/37 and 29 mpg combined, began arriving at a few weeks ago, just as began edging past $4 a in several regions of the U.S. The of the new family sedan at the same that gas hit the $4 benchmark was likely luck than astute however.

The Detroit Free reports that General pushed the production of the Malibu Eco by nearly seven months in 2010 – when the average price was $2.74 a gallon.

safe to say that GM didn’t a crystal ball that increases of fuel prices, so why did it the production forward? According to the Press, “To get a jump on key competitors the new Ford Fusion, Honda and Nissan Altima.” All three of vehicles will be replaced fall accompanied with big budgets.

That places the Eco in between the latest Toyota that debuted last and the upcoming fall introductions of the Accord and Altima. That like an enviable position to be in, the new Eco have to contend with the big ad spending from three around the same time. The is, can Malibu Eco’s starting of $25,235 and fuel economy attract enough buyers the conventional gas powered models in late summer?

Some E Juice Under The

A belt-alternator-starter (BAS) mild system is the major contributor to the Malibu Eco’s fuel numbers. General Motors it “eAssist” and it is already offered in 2013 LaCrosse and 2013

The eAssist name is quite The system enhances fuel by “assisting” the gasoline engine, by shutting down the engine the car comes to a stop or cutting off the supply when cruising or It can provide some electric to the engine at speed, but not all-electric

eAssist has a 15-kilowatt liquid motor-generator that generates 79 of torque. It is mounted on the engine in of the alternator, providing both assist and battery charging via a system connected to the engine’s A 115-volt air-cooled lithium-ion pack bolsters the engine approximately 11 kilowatts (15 horsepower) of power assist during acceleration or on demanding inclines and 15 of regenerative braking power.

the Malibu Eco hood, the eAssist up with a 182 horsepower 2.4-liter injection four-cylinder engine generates 172 pound-feet of torque. The has an aggressive fuel shut-off deceleration that provides fuel savings.

A new Hydra-Matic automatic transmission has high gearing that maintains engine revs at highway boosting mpg. An auxiliary oil pump is added to the transmission, keeps it primed and the fluid when the engine shuts at a stop. That sustains the readiness to perform when the accelerates.

The engine and transmission are engineered to regenerative braking and battery during coasting and braking.

the eAssist system, Motor says, “On the road, the electric imperceptibly blends in up to 15 horsepower and 79 of torque, which, in addition to accelerative power, also out power delivery and improves response.”

Curvaceous Styling, Tricks

The exterior of the new Malibu Eco – and all models – has a coupe-like silhouette styling that is more than the outgoing version. still recognizable as a Malibu to carried-over elements such as an version of Chevy’s horizontal-bar front grille that blends with a powerdome A wider stance along broader shoulders and a rear help lend a more appearance.

Taillights have a of Camaro and 17-inch alloy complement the look.

As it did with the 2012 Buick Regal, GM to its German-designed Opel Insignia as the basis for the 2013 Malibu. dictates a 4.5-inch shorter than the outgoing car. is the distance between the front and axles and key to a vehicle’s cabin

The 2013 Malibu is about 1.5 shorter in overall length the outgoing model, though three inches wider, contributes to sportier proportions and a track – the distance between wheels.

Around 60 percent of the power at highway speeds is used to air resistance. Nip and tucks to the sheetmetal, panels and shutters in the lower that open and close all to a drag coefficient of .29, as efficient as the Volt electric car at .28 C d. aerodynamic drag improves efficiency.

The Malibu Eco’s grille air shutters are a major to the car’s 37 mpg highway fuel The shutters employ sensors to wind and temperature conditions. motors connected to the sensors and close the shutters, closing at high speeds to reduce

During city driving, up a hill or towing a trailer the open to let in more air to cool the

Dual Cockpit Zone

the 2013 Malibu Eco, the assimilates a subtle take on trademark “dual-cockpit” layout main gauges housed in binnacles similar to those on its sports coupe and convertible. central dashboard section however, with an articulated faceplate that swings up to a 6-inch deep illuminated storage bin behind the seven-inch radio display.

The cabin for a more upscale feel higher-grade materials, additional surfaces, ice-blue ambient and chromed accents. About the the Washington Post said, Malibu#8217;s interior beats the (hybrid) in overall feel—more touchable surfaces, in supple and, where optional, easier-to-use and more ergonomically instrument panel; design in tune with the exterior.”

Chevy says generous use of materials helps make it too, confirmed by a Car and Driver that, “Thanks to the acoustic as well as sound-insulating material virtually everywhere the eye can’t the 2013 Malibu is extremely inside. Even the windshield operate in virtual silence.”

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seats are firm and well while rear seating comfortably seat three The increased width of the new Malibu nearly four cubic of interior room compared to the model along with hip and shoulder room, front and

As for standard features, the Malibu Eco has a array that includes keyless entry; power windows, and mirrors; cruise tilt/telescoping steering column; wheel audio and cruise and a CD/satellite audio system an auxiliary input jack for a portable digital audio

Chevrolet’s new MyLink infotainment is also standard. It builds on the security- and service-assist system and integrates online services Pandora Internet radio and SmartRadio.

Four option are offered that add comfort and items like front seats, sunroof; a premium audio system, leather and, for the first time in a a navigation system and a rear camera.

Pushing the midsize-class envelope, the new Malibu Eco will optional lane-departure and forward-collision systems, features usually only on higher priced cars. Lane departure alerts if the car drifts from its lane and forward-collision warning an alarm if sensors detect the car too fast on traffic ahead. the Malibu Eco will be one of the few cars in its range to offer torso-protecting side airbags in addition to the array of front-side and head-protecting side airbags.

On The Road

The Malibu Eco won’t in your ear every time you that brilliant twisty of two-lane blacktop, but who needs a family sedan that you in trouble? Expect the Eco to furnish a smooth ride but gain precision as a by-product of its newfound roots.

A press launch of the Eco that included hybrid for comparison elicited the following from Motor Trend: “On streets and county roads in and Austin, Texas, the Malibu solid chassis and impressive control easily out-shone the Sonata, Sonata Hybrid and Camry Hybrid comparison Chevrolet brought along for evaluations.

“Also class-leading are the Eco’s steering and brakes. The offers a fairly quick and no on-center … spot, surprisingly quickly to your For the average midsize buyer, feel downright sporty and returns a bit of road feel for who’ll appreciate it. The latter better brake feel any other hybrid on the road by of its mild hybrid system.”

The Car For You?

The Malibu has traditionally Chevrolet’s top-selling car and the 2013 will certainly continue at the top of car lineup. Plus, it is well to gain on its competitors in the battle for minds and hard-earned dollars in the segment. What the Malibu Eco is mpg numbers that were not available at a reasonable price.

The Malibu Eco faces some competition on the price front other fuel-saving midsize Hyundai’s Optima Hybrid, for starts at $25,850, which is more than the Eco but offers a fuel economy rating of 39 mpg the Chevy’s 29 mpg. Then the all-new 2012 Toyota Hybrid with a starting of $25,900 that has a 41 mpg combined rating.

In other words, the Malibu Eco is not a slam dunk. It is, a nicely styled automobile a class-leading interior and, for who drive cars for more just going from A to point B, it has handling characteristics not in the competitors.

Prices are Manufacture Retail Price (MSRP) at of writing and do not include destination taxes or licensing. .

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