2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco price starts at $25,995

Before the standard trim levels of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu (LS, LT and LTZ) go on sale next summer, the Chevrolet Malibu Eco will arrive. When the Chevrolet Malibu Eco goes on sale during the first quarter of 2012, prices for the ‘green’ version of the sedan will start at $25,995 (including $760 destination charge but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees).

Power comes from a basic 2.4L Ecotech direct-injection 4-cylinder mated to GM’s eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functions. All of that power is transferred through a new 6-speed automatic. The result is a total of 182 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque from the four-banger with an extra 15 hp available from electric power.

GM says that the Chevrolet Malibu Eco should average an estimated 26/38 mpg (city/highway).

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When compared to its competitors – this is how the Chevrolet Malibu Eco stacks up against its rivals:

  • 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 36 mpg
  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 40 mpg
  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 39 mpg
  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 40 mpg

Check out the full list of highlights, standard and optional equipment after the jump.

Product highlights for North American models include:

  • Expressive exterior designed to stand out, with a wide, athletic stance
  • Aerodynamically optimized exterior, including underbody aero enhancements and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle
  • All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize segment
  • First Chevrolet car to offer new Chevrolet MyLink connectivity, which integrates online services such as Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
  • European-influenced ride and handling traits
  • More safety features and technologies, including eight standard air bags, ultra-high-strength steel and rearview camera system.

Additional fuel-saving features include:

  • Eco-specific lightweight components and systems, including an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, low-mass carpet and dash mat and more, which save approximately 130 pounds (58 kg) over a comparably equipped non-ECO model
  • An Eco gauge in the cluster that continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving. An Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode
  • Seventeen-inch low-rolling-resistance all-season Goodyear tires
  • The eAssist system mated to a fuel-efficient 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine, a variant of the same engine that was recognized as one of Ward’s Ten Best Engines in 2010, is lightweight and features dual-overhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic throttle control. It also has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head.

Standard powertrain and chassis content:

  • Ecotec 2.4L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing and eAssist technology, rated at 182 horsepower (135 kW)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
  • 2.64:1 axle ratio
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Regenerative braking
  • Grade braking control
  • Panic brake assist
  • Electronic park brake with push button
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Four-link rear suspension
  • Seventeen-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P225/55R17 all-season low-rolling-resistance Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires

Standard exterior content:

  • Active front lower grille aero shutters and aerodynamic underbody panels
  • Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors (body color)
  • Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
  • Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

Standard interior content:

  • Chevrolet MyLink
  • Six-inch-deep illuminated (when headlamps are on) hidden storage behind articulating touch screen radio face
  • Air conditioning – dual zone automatic climate control with odor filter
  • Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack
  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen for the audio system
  • USB port for the audio system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth phone and audio 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
  • Ice blue ambient lighting
  • Driver’s footrest
  • Overhead console
  • Compass display
  • Two auxiliary power outlets
  • Rear center armrest with storage

Standard safety content:

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

Package 1 – Power Convenience includes all standard equipment plus:

  • Eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control
  • Rearview backup camera system
  • Remote start
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener

Package 2 – Premium Audio includes all content in Package 1 plus:

  • Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier
  • Fog lamps
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel

Package 3 – Leather includes all content in Package 2 plus:

  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar control
  • Heated front seats

Package 4 – Navigation includes all content in Package 3 plus:

  • Navigation system
  • Memory seats and mirrors
  • Auto-up driver’s window

A power-operated sunroof is available on Packages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Exterior Color Choices:

  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Black Granite Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • White Diamond Tricoat
  • Taupe Gray Metallic
  • Steel Blue Metallic (late availability)
  • Champagne Silver Metallic (late availability)

Interior Color/Trim Choices:

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

– By: Omar Rana


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