Article from Monthly eNewsletter from VanDevere Auto Group ()
November 16, 2011
Vehicle Preview: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
All new midsize will debut with 38-mpg ECO model.

Photo: The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
There’s an exciting new midsize sedan arriving in early 2012 – the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. It’s not merely a redesign, but a reinvention of a customer favorite, and it will debut with a major leap in fuel efficiency. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO model arrives first with hybrid-like 38 mpg highway fuel economy without a hybrid-like price.
 
Malibu fans will have an abundance of riches available in both the 2012 Malibu that features traditional gasoline powertrains, and the new 2013 Malibu ECO models, which feature eAssist technology. The 2013 Malibu ECO has a bold, all-new design over a super-strong body structure engineered for top-tier safety, more responsive driving performance and an even quieter ride. There’s more room, more infotainment features and more comfort, all with the outstanding Chevrolet value that makes the Malibu so successful.
 
Perhaps the biggest news for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is its laser-like focus on the performance/economy balance, a focus that results in a car that offers more of both. As the first Chevrolet to be equipped with the new eAssist light electrification powertrain technology, the Malibu ECO will deliver 38 mpg highway – better even than some hybrids, like the Lincoln MKZ and the Lexus HS 250h –without the price premium of a hybrid. The Malibu ECO model’s 182-hp 2.4-liter gasoline engine combines with another 15 hp from a small electric motor-generator to provide responsive, satisfying acceleration. The eAssist system weighs only 65 pounds, yet its state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and electric motor-generator bring start-stop functionality to the Malibu ECO, which means it burns no gas when stopped, and electric power assist from regenerative braking.
 
Come summer, the 2013 Malibu lineup will fill out with LS, LT and LTZ models, all powered by an all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine producing over 190 hp. Paired with a next-generation six-speed automatic transmission, the new 2.5-liter will offer smooth, V6-like performance coupled with outstanding fuel economy in city and highway driving.
 
The affordably priced 2013 Malibu models will rival some luxury models in features, craftsmanship and driving dynamics. Drivers will find the 2013 Malibu more engaging, more responsive and more enjoyable to drive. Passengers will find the 2013 Malibu offers an even quieter, smoother ride and more advanced infotainment capability.
 
The 2013 Chevy Malibu is an eye catcher with a wind-cheating shape to boost fuel economy and bold details to boost curb appeal. The wide-stance, broad-shoulder design not only adds room inside, but it also gives the 2013 Malibu a more “planted” look outside.
 
Up front, there’s no mistaking the Chevrolet signature dual-port grille for anything else, and an integrated trunk spoiler and Camaro-inspired LED taillights lend a sporty touch. Even with its bold new “face,” the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu cheats the air stream with segment-best aerodynamics that come close to those of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. Those sleek aerodynamic properties enhance fuel economy and reduce wind noise. In the Malibu ECO, underbody aero enhancements include electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille. These close as vehicle speed increases, pushing more air over and around the vehicle to minimize drag and maximize mileage. A range of 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels, depending on the model, reflects the car’s European-influenced ride and handling tuning.
 
The 2012 Malibu impresses owners with its quiet ride, and new structural features and noise-deadening materials in the 2013 model will further improve upon that. The quieter cabin introduces a new dual-cockpit design filled with soft touch and textured surfaces that give the Malibu a highly refined feel akin to a luxury model. Keeping outside noise where it belongs – outside – lets you enjoy the new Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system, which provides online services like Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®. Accessed through a high-resolution, color touchscreen display, Chevrolet MyLink employs Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, putting select hands-free smartphone apps to use while your smartphone or other device stays safely stowed. The car’s designers, meanwhile, took advantage of compact electronics to place a six-inch-deep hidden storage compartment behind the movable radio face.
 
The 2011 and 2012 Malibu models earned the crucial “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the 2013 model raises the safety technology ante with 10 airbags, plus an available Lane Departure/Forward Collision Warning System and rearview camera.
 
The standard OnStar safety system adds greatly to the value of the 2013 Malibu and includes Automatic Crash Response to summon emergency help if needed. The system’s many other services include improved voice recognition, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, remote door unlocking and six months of uplevel Directions and Connections service including Turn-By-Turn Navigation.
 
Plan to come in and see the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in early 2012, starting with the 38-mpg Malibu ECO.

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