The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco will start at $25,995 when it goes on sale in early 2012, including the destination fee. Chevrolet says in a statement the 2013 Malibu Eco should get 26/38 mpg city/highway using General Motors’ eAssist mild hybrid system. The gas-only 2012 Malibu gets an EPA-estimated 22/33 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine and 17/26 mpg with the V6.
The eAssist system is already in use in GM vehicles like the Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal. It uses a lithium-ion battery, electric motor, regenerative brakes and a start-stop function to maximize fuel economy. The Detroit News says the battery is about the size of a shoe box and it will “aid the engine in certain driving conditions.”
The 2013 Malibu Eco’s Chevy-estimated fuel economy is not as good as dedicated midsize hybrids, like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid, but is better than gas-only affordable midsize cars, like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.
The Chevrolet Malibu is being fully redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Eco model is new to the next-generation Malibu lineup. USA Today reports that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco will be the only 2013 Malibu model available at launch in the first quarter of 2012, while the gas-only 2013 Malibu will start production in the summer of 2012. “Until then, Chevy will continue selling the 2012 gas-engine models,” USA Today reports.
The 2013 Malibu Eco will come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine, eight airbags, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs and Chevrolet MyLink, which integrates online applications like Pandora Internet radio into the car’s touch screen.
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