At the unveiling of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, chief engineer Mark Moussa took some time to discuss the future of the car with the folks at egmCarTech, and Moussa took great lengths to tout the advantages of the new Ecotec 4-cylinder engine and the Malibu’s sporting character.
Naturally, Moussa was pressed on the possibility of a V6, SS or Hybrid variant. Moussa implied that the new Ecotec motor would deliver the benefits of a V6 with none of the trade-offs, leading us to conclude that the Malibu will follow the Hyundai Sonata in remaining exclusively a 4-cylinder, and leave the larger Impala to carry the V6 torch. Moussa was also non-commital regarding an SS variant, and a turbocharged Ecotec could fill the role nicely while competing with cars like the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T.
Finally, Moussa said that the Malibu Eco, which uses the eAssist mild hybrid system, is adequate for the car’s current needs, and didn’t comment on any further hybrid models.