The new 2.5L engine generates 190 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque, which is approximately 12 percent more horsepower and 16 percent more torque than the current Ecotec 2.4L. The final MPG figures haven’t been released yet, but GM expects the four-cylinder to get more than 30 mpg on the highway. The new engine will be available next summer in the all-new Malibu.
GM expects the engine to be one of the quietest and most refined engines in the segment.
“The noise intensity is 40 percent less than our 2.4L direct-injected engine, which was named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines,” said Mike Anderson, global chief engineer. “Engineers also tuned the 2.5L to deliver more of its torque at lower rpm, giving the Malibu a stronger feel at launch and during on-demand maneuvers, such as passing or accelerating on a freeway entrance ramp.”