New 2013 Chevrolet Malibu gets first test drive by MT

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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.

  • Fallguy

    Lol, no wonder the damn car so slow. Hey, but I like the new Chevy Malibu new look.

  • Dave Darovitz, PR guy for the ‘Bu

    LOL, I would hardly call it a test-drive. That Malibu is a one-off “show car” with non-production parts that can only be driven less than 20 mph. I’m sure Todd would agree that his time behind the wheel exactly qualifies as a test drive. 🙂