For immediate release CHEVROLET MALIBU Vehicle features

For immediate release
Vehicle features:
Sold in nearly 100 markets on six continents
All-new expressive exterior and premium interior
Malibu Eco is the most fuel-efficient Malibu ever
Most aerodynamic Malibu ever and quietest Chevrolet
All-new ride and handling package engineered for best-in-class performance
Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system integrates online services like Pandora®
Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
First 2013 midsize car to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety
The all-new 2013 Malibu is Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan designed and engineered to
provide customers from Shanghai to New York and Sydney to Sao Paulo with expressive
design, advanced technologies, ride performance and fuel-efficient powertrains. It will eventually
be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents.
In North America, the Malibu comes in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, along with the Malibu Eco,
which uses fuel-saving eAssist™ technology to enable EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 city /
37 highway, for the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid midsize sedan.
An all-new, fuel-efficient and powerful Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine and next-generation sixspeed transmission combination leads Malibu’s powertrain lineup. It’s rated at 197 horsepower
(147 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of torque (259 Nm). A new Ecotec 2.0L turbo, rated at 259 horsepower
(193 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm), debuts this fall.
Additional product highlights for North American models include:
Expressive exterior design with a wide, athletic stance
Segment-best aerodynamics – close to those of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range
electric car – that enhance fuel efficiency and reduce wind noise, including active
electronic shutters on Eco and other select models
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
New Chevrolet MyLink connectivity seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora®
internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
European-influenced ride and handling traits
New safety features and technologies including 10 standard air bags, ultra-high-strength
steel, lane departure warning/forward collision warning and rearview camera system
Ten exterior colors and four interior color combination choices, depending on the model.
The new Malibu Eco is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including
a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a
2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Malibu Eco details
The Malibu Eco is a smart choice for customers who want a midsize car with excellent fuel
economy, but without the higher price of some full hybrid sedans.
Malibu Eco’s eAssist system uses power stored in an air-cooled, lithium-ion battery to provide
needed electrical boost in various driving scenarios, optimizing engine and transmission
operation. An advanced 115V lithium-ion battery and 15-kW motor-generator unit help increase
fuel economy through:
Regenerative braking, which provides up to 15 kW of electricity to charge the battery
Enabling a more-efficient final drive ratio by providing up to 15 hp (11 kW) of electric
power assistance during heavier acceleration
Using electricity instead of gasoline when stopped, with automatic and smooth engine
start-stop functionality
Aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration down to zero mph for added fuel savings
Intelligent charge/discharge of the high-voltage battery.
The eAssist system captures up to 15kW of power that would be normally lost during braking
and uses it to recharge the lithium-ion battery. The system also shuts down fuel delivery in
certain deceleration conditions, further improving fuel economy. While in fuel shut-off mode, the
motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth
take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the
motor-generator unit brings the engine to a controlled stop to position it properly for a smooth
restart when the brake is released.
The eAssist is mated to an Ecotec 2.4L direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation
six-speed automatic transmission.
An aerodynamically optimized design and smart use of fuel-saving technologies help increase
highway fuel economy, with features including active grille shutters and low-rolling-resistance
17-inch Goodyear tires mounted on lightweight aluminum wheels.
Thanks to eAssist technology and other features, the Malibu Eco can travel up to 580 highway
miles (965 km) between fill-ups with a 15.8-gallon (59.9 liters) fuel tank.
Malibu’s exterior designed to stand out
The exterior design of the all-new Malibu carries DNA from its sister vehicles, the Camaro and
Corvette, to bring a sporty sensibility to the family sedan segment. A wider stance, broad
shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler bring a new athleticism to Malibu and give it a more
aggressive appearance. The new Malibu has 62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are
more than two inches (51 mm) wider than the model it replaces.
Other exterior design cues include Chevrolet’s dual-port grille, projector-beam headlamps,
larger Chevrolet bow-tie badges front and rear, and new Camaro-inspired dual-element
taillamps. Malibu LTZ adds LED taillamps, chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets, 18-inch alloy
wheels and available high-intensity discharge headlamps.
The new Malibu exterior is anticipated to be SAE-certified as one of the most aerodynamically
efficient cars in the segment, with a coefficient of drag (Cd) rating of .29, near Chevrolet Volt’s
Cd of .280. Because of Malibu’s new shape and design, engineers were able to remove 60
counts of wind drag compared to the model it replaces.
Malibu also has electronically controlled and integrated active aero shutters to improve
aerodynamics and enhance fuel economy without sacrificing the exterior design. They
automatically close airflow through the lower grille opening when air intake is least needed,
improving aerodynamic performance and enhancing fuel efficiency. The shutters are standard
on Eco and LS models, as well as the 3LT trim.
Roomier, more refined interior
The new Malibu interior was designed to bring an element of sophistication to everyday driving,
featuring an all-new, dual-cockpit design that creates an inviting, roomy and comfortable
The increased width of the new Malibu means a more spacious cabin. Compared to the
previous model, it has nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume, along with
more shoulder and hip room.
The Malibu interior features metallic, chrome or wood accents located around the shifter,
surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the steering
wheel. Soft, ice blue ambient lighting reflects off of and complements chrome accents and
ensures even, consistent illumination along the instrument panel and in storage pockets. Ice
blue lighting on the center stack dials, exposed ice blue French contrast stitching, soft-touch and
textured surfaces, and strategic applications of noise-deadening materials add to Malibu’s
interior refinement.
The Malibu also has a number of storage areas, including a radio face that articulates up and
down to reveal a six-inch deep storage area behind its seven-inch touch-screen radio display –
a U.S. first in a midsize car (Eco, LT and LTZ models). Malibu also offers a full range of the
latest infotainment options, including Chevrolet MyLink color touch with available navigation.
Additional interior features include:
Driver information center with color display (Eco, 2LT and LTZ)
Leather-appointed seating with available heated front seats
Two auxiliary power outlets
Leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio and cruise controls) and shift knob (Eco
2SA, 2LT and LTZ)
Remote vehicle starter (Eco 2SA, 2LT and LTZ).
The new Malibu also offers a spacious trunk, with 16.3 cubic feet (462 L) of cargo room (13.2
cu.-ft. / 374 L with Malibu Eco).
MyLink details
Malibu offers the new Chevrolet MyLink, which seamlessly integrates online services such as
Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen
controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones. MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless
control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability
already offered in most Chevy vehicles.
MyLink features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display designed to manage the
number of steps required to complete a task. It also retains all the capabilities of conventional
entertainment features, including AM/FM/Sirius XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback,
auxiliary and USB inputs.
All-new Ecotec powertrains
The 2013 Malibu features a lineup of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder Ecotec engines
that complements its European-inspired driving characteristics.
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine with direct injection leads
Malibu’s engine lineup in North America. It is expected to be one of the most efficient of its size
in the market. New features include enhanced authority continuously variable valve timing,
variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat that save fuel, while delivering V-6like performance. It is rated at an SAE-certified 197 horsepower (147 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of
torque (259 Nm).
The new engine has noise-reducing features such as a cast exhaust manifold, steel crank, lownoise timing chain and direct mount accessories that contribute to a quiet cabin experience. The
new 2.5L engine has more standard torque than any midsize car with a four-cylinder engine,
and more base horsepower than the new Toyota Camry and the Ford Fusion.
The 2.5L is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic with features designed to
enhance powertrain efficiency. They include changes to clutch controls and hardware that
improve shift response and time. These changes enabled engineers to specify higher gearing to
improve cruising efficiency while maintaining acceleration performance and driveability.
For customers who enjoy style and performance, Chevrolet will offer its first-ever Turbo on a
Malibu with an all-new Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine rated at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and 260 lb.ft. of torque (353 Nm) between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm. It is the most powerful midsize sedan from
a domestic automaker, and more powerful than Malibu’s previous V-6 engines. It will be
available later this fall on LT and LTZ models.
The Malibu Eco’s Ecotec 2.4L engine is rated at 182 horsepower (134 kW) and is matched with
a next-generation six-speed automatic. The engine is efficient and lightweight, featuring dualoverhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic
throttle control, as well as a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head.
Driving experience
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu delivers precise ride and handling. It has been engineered to be
best-in-class and on par with more expensive sports sedans.
Benefiting from continuous refinement of an award-winning global architecture, engineers have
tested, tuned and calibrated the Malibu on rural roads, highways, freeways and GM validation
facilities around the world.
Contributing to the Malibu’s ride and handling characteristics are:
A solid body structure as stiff as any in the global midsize sedan market, allowing for
precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control
A premium steering gear for smooth, precise responsiveness and on-center feel
Proven and continuously refined MacPherson strut front and mutli-link rear suspensions
Large, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, clamped on by dual-piston front
and single-piston rear aluminum calipers, which are expected to deliver segment-best
stopping distance
An isolated engine cradle for tuned, refined feedback, without noise or vibration
Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power steering, resulting in
effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds
Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes, full-function traction
control, four-corner electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake
assist system, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.
Safety features
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is the first all-new 2013 midsize car to receive double honors for
safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Both
are the highest ratings possible.
The Malibu is also engineered for pedestrian protection compliance in all markets where it is
sold and where such requirements exist. Pedestrian protection design in the front of the vehicle
reduces the chance of a secondary collision between the pedestrian and engine block in carpedestrian accidents.
The Malibu will also offer these standard and available safety features:
Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags
Pelvic/thorax side-impact air bags for all outboard occupants, front and rear
Driver and passenger knee air bags
Roof rail air bags with rollover protection
Available second-row head/thorax side-impact air bags
Available lane departure warning system with forward collision alert
Available rearview camera system.
OnStar details
Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Malibu. OnStar is the
global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced
information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access
vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. A new, opt-in service called
FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their
vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.
Malibu also features new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice an updated look for the HandsFree Calling button, blue OnStar button and red Emergency button.
More information about OnStar can be found at
Body style / driveline:
Global vehicle class:
Key competitors:
2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS, LT, LTZ and Eco midsize sedan
4-door, 5-passenger front-engine transaxle (front-drive)
steel body-frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones;
galvanized steel front fenders, hood, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer
panel and trunk lid
midsize sedan
Fairfax, Kansas and Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan
Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord
Displacement (cu. in. /
Bore & stroke (in. /
Block material:
Cylinder head material:
Valve lifters:
Ignition system:
Fuel delivery:
Compression ratio:
Horsepower (hp / kW
@ rpm):
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @
Recommended fuel:
Max. engine speed
(fuel cut-off):
Emissions controls:
Additional features:
EPA-estimated fuel
economy (city / hwy)
Ecotec 2.4L DOHC I-4
VVT DI w/ eAssist
145.4 / 2384
Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4
152.5 / 2499
Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4
VVT DI Turbo
122 / 1998
3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98
3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101
3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
lost foam cast aluminum
lost foam cast aluminum
DOHC, four-valves per
cylinder, continuously
variable valve timing
hydraulic roller finger
high-pressure direct
injection and electronic
throttle control
182 / 134 @ 6200 rpm
172 / 233 @ 4900 rpm
lost foam cast aluminum
lost foam cast aluminum
DOHC, four valves per
cylinder, continuously
variable valve timing
hydraulic roller finger
high-pressure direct
injection and electronic
throttle control
197 / 147 @ 6300*
cast aluminum
cast aluminum
DOHC, four-valves per
cylinder, continuously
variable valve timing
hydraulic roller finger
high-pressure direct
injection and electronic
throttle control
259 / 193 @ 5500*
191 / 259 @ 4400*
regular unleaded
regular unleaded
7000 rpm
7000 rpm
260 / 353 @ 17005500*
premium recommended
but not required
7000 rpm
SAI System, PZEVcapable,
close-coupled, catalytic
converter, variable valve
timing; positive crankcase
ventilation; evaporative
extended-life spark plugs;
extended-life coolant
SAI system, PZEVcapable, close-coupled,
catalytic converter,
positive crankcase
ventilation; evaporative
close-coupled, catalytic
converter, positive
crankcase ventilation;
evaporative system
extended-life spark
extended-life coolant
extended-life spark
plugs; extended-life
25 / 37
Gear ratios: (:1):
Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed
Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed
Final drive ratio (:1):
Electric Drive System (Malibu Eco)
Maximum electric generating power:
Maximum electric motor torque
Maximum electric motor torque
(electric assist):
Maximum electric motor power
(electric assist):
Lithium-ion battery:
Traction control:
Steering type:
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock:
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (feet /
Steering ratio:
Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm):
Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm):
Wheels / Tires
Wheel size and type:
Wheelbase (in / mm) :
Overall length (in / mm):
Overall width (in / mm):
Overall height (in / mm):
Front track (in / mm):
Rear track (in / mm):
Coefficient of drag (cD):
belt-driven, liquid-cooled induction motor/generator unit and
lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery
15 kW @ 1570-3180 rpm
110 lb.-ft. / 150 Nm
79 lb.-ft. / 107 Nm @ 1,000 rpm
15 hp / 11.2 kW @ 1,000-2,200 rpm
115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power
independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings,
specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow);
hydraulic ride bushings
four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar
all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
rack-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering
37.4 / 11.4
four-wheel disc w/ABS (w/ESC)
11.7 / 297 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper
11.5 / 292 solid; single-piston, aluminum caliper
16 x 7.5-in. aluminum (LS)
17 x 8.0-in. aluminum (LT)
17 x 8.5-in. aluminum (Eco)
18 x 8.0-in. aluminum (LTZ – std.)
19 x 8.5-in. aluminum (LTZ – opt.)
P215/60R16 all-season
P225/55R17 all-season
P225/55R17 low-rolling resistance (Eco)
P235/50R18 all-season
P245/45R19 all-season
107.8 / 2738
191.5 / 4865
73 / 1854
57.6 / 1462
62.2 / 1579
62 / 1575
.30 (Eco)
.29 (LS)
Seating capacity (front / rear):
Headroom (in / mm):
Legroom (in / mm):
Shoulder room (in / mm):
Hip room (in / mm):
EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L) :
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
Fuel tank (gal / L):
Engine oil (qt / L):
Cooling system (qt / L):
Curb weight (lbs / kg):
39.0 / 991 (front)
37.5 / 953 (rear)
42.1 / 1069 (front)
36.8 / 935 (rear)
57.5 / 1461 (front)
57.1 / 1450 (rear)
55.0 / 1397 (front)
54.3 / 1380 (rear)
100.3 / 2837
116.5 / 3299
13.2 / 374 (Eco)
16.3 / 462 (LS, LT, LTZ)
15.8 / 59.9 (Eco)
18.5 / 70 (LS, LT, LTZ)
2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7
2.5L: 5.0 / 4.7
2.0L: 6.3 / 6.0
2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7
2.5L: TBD
2.0L: TBD
3393 / 1539 (LS)
3589 / 1628 (Eco – 1SA trim)
3602 / 1634 (Eco – 2SA trim)
3439 / 1560 (LT – 1LT trim)
3532 / 1602 (LT – 2LT trim w/ 2.5L)
3635 / 1649 (LT – 2LT trim w/ 2.0L turbo)
3547 / 1609 (LTZ w/ 2.5L)
3660 / 1656 (LTZ w/ 2.0L turbo)
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