Chevrolet has finally announced the pricing of its Malibu Eco 2013. Starting price of the vehicle will be $25,995 at the time it goes for sale expectedly in early part of 2012. The destination fees have been included in the same. In a statement made by the company, it was further said that the Malibu Eco 2013 would offer 26/38mpg in cities/highways by making use of the e-Assist mildly hybrid system from General Motors. The previous only-gas variant had offered 22/33mpg in city/highway with its four cylindrical variant and 17/26mpg with its V6.
This e-Assist system has already been used by GM in its Buick Regal and LaCrosse. Using lithium-ion battery, regenerative brakes, electric motor along with stop-start function, it increases fuel economy. The batter has been said to be approximately like a shoe box in size and helps the engine during certain specific driving conditions.
The car does not however match fuel economies of other hybrids like Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion; however the same is much better than gas-only powered mid-sized vehicles.
The 2013 Eco will be provided with four cylinder 2.4 liter Ecotec engine having eight airbags, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and other auxiliary inputs along with the MyLink from Chevrolet that helps integrate online applications including Pandora’s internet radio into the touchscreen of the car.