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The new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu won’t hit U.S. showrooms until next year, but GM is letting journalists test drive the near-production Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan.
The 2013 Malibu will launch with GM’s eAssist powertrain which combines a 2.4-liter Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor-generator along with regenerative braking and start-stop technology. The engine system is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Power for the electric motor is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2.4-liter Ecotec gasoline engine alone produces 180 horsepower, but under full acceleration, it receives up to 15 more horsepower from the eAssist system.
In addition, Chevrolet will add a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the range in the summer of 2012, and there is a possibility of a V6 engine as well.
We would like a test drive too, but too bad, GM only let top car magazine publishers do the test drive. No matter, the video below seems like to be good view of a ride along done by Motor Trend. So, lets jump to the video and enjoy our new ride of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.