2013 Chevrolet Malibu with more powerful 2.5-liter Ecotec engine

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As the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu near its launching date, more specific details are oozing out the General Motors office. And the latest news is that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will get the all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine as standard. The new engine will replace the current 169-hp 2.4-liter engine.

According to GM, the all-new engine is more powerful while providing a fuel return near that of the current 2.4-liter engine (rated at 33 mpg highway). The new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine is expected to produce about 190 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, which is 12 percent more horsepower and 16 percent more torque than the 2.4-liter unit. And fuel economy rating is estimated at more than 30 mpg on highway.

As we know, four-cylinder engines tend to make a lot whining noise when it revs up, and GM is really aware of this condition. With the new 2.5-liter Ecotec engine, GM also set out to reduce the internal engine noise by adding more support to the moving parts as well as relocating components elsewhere to minimize noise levels. According to GM:

“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.”

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is destined to be a global car, and GM plans to make it available in more than 100 countries, with first launch in U.S. in the spring of 2012.