Until now, all we have seen from the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is the Eco model with its eAssist 2.4L four-cylinder. But now we finally have details on the non-hybrid variants of the Malibu, which will come with either a 2.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder, or a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder.
The naturally aspirated 2.5L will have 197-hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, which is 28-hp more than the previous four-cylinder Malibu. In fact, the powerplant only has a mere 3-hp less than the Cadillac ATS. The 2.5L four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The more powerful of the two powerplants is the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 259-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is a slight increase over the outgoing V6 Malibu that had 252-hp, but should be fairly quicker thanks to the aid of a turbo. Chevy currently claims that the Malibu turbo will hit 60-mph in just 6.3 seconds. Just like the 2.5L engine, the 2.0L turbo also has a six-speed automatic transmission.
No fuel economy figures have been released, but it’s safe to assume the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder will not only be more powerful than the outgoing V6, but have better fuel efficiency.