The Americans from Chevrolet released today the official pricing for the new Malibu Eco, a model which stands out by its highway fuel economy of 38mpg (6,18 liters/100km). The new Chevrolet Malibu Eco will be the first model bearing the Chevrolet badge to get the eAssist hybrid system from General Motors.
This system utilizes an electric motor along a lithium-ion battery which means that the model can use the start/stop feature and regenerative braking. The engine under the bonnet is a 2.4-liter Ecotec unit developing 180 horsepower. It is coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission while the eAssist system can deliver extra 15 horses in certain conditions, such as a steep acceleration.
According to the manufacturer, the new Malibu Eco returns a fuel economy of 26 mpg (city) and an impressive 38 mpg (highway).
Chevrolet also said that the new Malibu Eco will be the first version of the model which will arrive in the United States. This will happen in the summer of 2012 and it will be powered by a 2.5-liter Ecotec engine offering 169 horsepower.
“Malibu Eco is part of the all-new, 2013 Malibu lineup – Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan – designed to give customers more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, along with the craftsmanship and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans,” adds the company.