2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Gets EAssist Hybrid Tech and 38-MPG [2011 NYAS]

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

The new 2013 Malibu may have already been revealed in Shanghai, but Chevy still had one surprise in store for the car’s showing at the New York Auto Show. Before the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder model hits dealers, Chevy will first roll out an Eco model using the eAssist technology borrowed from Buick.

The “light-hybrid” tech uses a 15-hp electric motor and lithium ion battery mated to a 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder to deliver 26-mpg in the city and an incredible 38-mpg on the highway. That’s actually 1 mpg better than the Buick Regal due to better aerodynamics. Additional fuel saving features include active grille shutters that close on the highway to improve fuel economy, plus regenerative brakes and a start-stop system.

In total, Chevy claims 550 miles between fill-ups.

The new 2012 Malibu gets a new look with Camaro-inspired styling and rides on a new chassis that is 4-inches shorter between the wheels, but is over 2-inches wider overall. An all-new cockpit includes Chevrolet MyLink (the brand’s new telematics system) as well as 10 airbags and optional lane departure warning.

GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Malibu

GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Malibu

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Alex Alex on Apr 20, 2011

    This looks by far way better than the last malibu! the worst ones to date in my books were the ones released in the 2001 era.. ugly! But this a huge improvement!

  • William William on Dec 20, 2012

    Difficult buying decisions are in the immediate future. Lots of talk about CNG, hydrogen fuel cells, electric assist, hybred, and other alternatives. Cars cost a lot of money and a big investment. Therefore, what is the best choice for the buyer who wants a mid size suv with 33 plus mpg and a decent size 6 cyl and AWD for the snow mountain states.