Official: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 2.5L Ecotec makes 197-hp, Ecotec 2.0L turbo makes 259-hp

The all new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is on sale now but this summer, an all-new Ecotec 2.5 liter will be debuting in the Malibu’s lineup as one of the most powerful naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engines in the midsize segment – topping output from the Ford Fusion and the Toyota Camry. Later this fall, a new Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine will join the lineup.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with a 2.5 liter Ecotec has been SAE-certified at 197-hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. That gives it 19 more horses and 21 more lb-t than the Toyota Camry 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and 27 more horses and 21 more lb-ft than the 2013 Ford Fusion’s 2.5 liter 4-cylinder.

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The Ecotec 2.0 liter turbo has received an SAE-certified 259-hp and 260 lb-ft. That gives it the ability to run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

“The 2013 Malibu is the latest entry in Chevrolet’s growing global car portfolio, which has seen almost an entirely revamped lineup in the last 15 months,” said Chris Perry, global Chevrolet marketing vice president. “We sold 4.76 million Chevys worldwide in 2011 – one every 6.5 seconds – and the new Malibu will help us grow the brand globally even more this year, where it will be introduced for the first time in many markets.”

Refresher: Power for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco 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.

– By: Omar Rana