As expected GM has announced that the top engine in the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu will not be a V6 engine. Just like Hyundai and Ford’s new midsize sedans, the Malibu will no longer offer a V6 option.
Instead, the Malibu’s top engine will be a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 259 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. According to GM peak torque is sustained from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm and it will reach 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
GM has also announced that a new 2.5L four-cylinder will also be available this summer. It packs 197 horsepower and 191 lb-ft. of torque. This is in addition to the Chevy Malibu Eco that is powered by GM’s eAssist hybrid system that uses a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator. It gets an estimated 25 mpg in the city 37 mpg on the highway.
“The 2013 Malibu is the latest entry in Chevrolet’s growing global car portfolio, which has seen almost an entirely revamped lineup in the last 15 months,” said Chris Perry, global Chevrolet marketing vice president. “We sold 4.76 million Chevys worldwide in 2011 – one every 6.5 seconds – and the new Malibu will help us grow the brand globally even more this year, where it will be introduced for the first time in many markets.”