Introducing the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
The 2013 Malibu Eco is dramatic beauty paired with the brains of cutting-edge technology. The 2013 Malibu Eco introduces eAssist, a state-of-the-art technology that intuitively makes it possible to conserve power2 when it’s not needed. Stopped at a red light, sitting in gridlock traffic, coasting down a hill – when the car is stopped, eAssist seamlessly switches from using gas to energy in its lithium-ion battery to power accessories. You get a smarter, more intelligent drive offering an impressive 25 MPG city and 37 MPG on the highway.
Exterior styling inspired by the athletic stance of Camaro paired with a dramatically aerodynamic design introduces a premium appearance to the midsize sedan segment that not only pleases the eye, but also seamlessly guides airflow to reduce resistance. Every little detail considered helps the 2013 Malibu Eco offer its remarkable fuel economy and up to 580 highway miles3 with each fill-up. It’s more time spent getting where you’re going than stopping along the way.
Engineered for Proficiency
Midsize is taken to the next level with eAssist, a system that works intelligently and subtly with the vehicle’s mechanics, capturing energy to help support the powertrain. The result is a remarkable estimated 37 MPG on the highway and a vehicle that uses fuel when you need it, and preserves it when you don’t.
There’s no need to ever think about charging the lithium-ion battery. eAssist features regenerative braking that captures power lost during braking, and converts it to electricity then stores it for when it’s needed, helping keep the lithium-ion battery charged and off your to-do list.
How do you power a battery without charging it? It’s simple, just drive. By going about your daily routine — buying groceries, going to a friend’s house or driving to work — the lithium-ion battery stores energy. That energy is later used to deliver an electric boost to the engine during various driving scenarios such as heavy acceleration or climbing a grade. And while the vehicle is at a stop, the engine shuts off and the battery-powered generator powers accessories, preserving fuel so it can be used later. It’s the little things that add up to a great effect.
2.4L Ecotec ® Direct Injection 4-Cylinder Engine
Offering an estimated 25 city/37 hwy MPG in a midsize sedan takes careful thought. However, offering such remarkable fuel economy along with 182 horsepower and its solid, connected-to-the-road feel of a premium sedan … well, that takes passion. With its ECOTEC ® 2.4L Direct Injection 4-cylinder engine that works intuitively with the 15 kW electric motor generator to conserve fuel when it’s not needed, Malibu Eco uses smarter engineering for smarter driving
15 kW Electric Motor Generator
Owning the 2013 Malibu Eco means you get a smarter drive. When the car is stopped, it automatically switches from using gas to accessories being powered by energy in the lithium-ion battery. The motor-generator brings the engine to a smooth stop and prepares it for a seamless start when the brake pedal is released. Drivers wouldn’t notice the transition if it weren’t for the integrated Driver Information Center that displays when and where the battery is supporting the powertrain.
Designed for Efficiency
Aero Grille Shutters
Guiding airflow seamlessly around the vehicle body increases fuel efficiency by decreasing resistance. A segment first, the Malibu Eco features Aero Grille Shutters that electronically close when engine-cooling needs allow so air can flow more seamlessly. When the engine needs air for cooling, the shutters intuitively open using only electricity. It’s designed for increased efficiency while preserving the bold Malibu Eco grille and front-end appearance.
Driving style impacts fuel efficiency, and Malibu Eco is designed with that in mind as well. The instrument cluster includes an Eco Gauge that provides immediate feedback on how efficiently the vehicle is being driven. Drivers can utilize the gauge to inform their decisions while accelerating and maneuvering to further optimize the overall fuel efficiency of Malibu Eco.
Bold exterior style not only gives Malibu Eco a premium appearance, but also heightens the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Its dramatic lines and rounded corners please the eye while guiding airflow around the sides and specially designed underbody panels smooth the airflow traveling around the vehicle. No detail was overlooked, including its aero-optimized side mirrors and tail lamps that help guide air resistance seamlessly around and away.
Low Rolling Resistance Tires
When it comes to fuel efficiency, every detail can add up to a large effect. That’s why every detail has to be considered including the overall energy used by the tires to overcome road resistance. The 2013 Malibu Eco is equipped with low rolling-resistance tires that help the vehicle drive more effortlessly while using less force and 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels to preserve energy and therefore fuel
Reimagined for Comfort
Spaciousness meets sophistication
The 2013 Malibu Eco represents an evolution of the nameplate when it comes to passenger comfort and spaciousness. Compared to its predecessor, it offers more passenger room while maintaining its fashionably sophisticated dual-cockpit design. Interior comfort is enhanced through ambient lighting and the nicely bolstered, sport-sculptured seats, which heighten the Malibu interior experience in both comfort and durability. Ergonomically tested for optimal comfort, the 2013 Malibu Eco interior is a result of relentless refinement at every touch.
No detail overlooked
Delicate craftsmanship can be seen throughout Malibu Eco whether in its refined surfacing with premium materials or the rich appointments available throughout such as chrome, wood grain or metallic accents. Its refinement can be heard, or better yet, can be experienced, in what you don’t hear. Acoustic laminated glass and triple door seals help keep noise outside the vehicle and create a quiet and serene environment in the interior. Malibu Eco also offers intuitive storage options such as behind-screen storage in the sweeping center stack, so everything you bring along for the ride is both safely stored and easily accessible.
Connected with Chevrolet MyLink
Chevrolet MyLink was designed to be as easy to use as possible. That’s why there are a variety of ways you can interact with the system through features on Malibu Eco such as voice command, touch-screen, center stack buttons and steering wheel-mounted controls. It’s technology that keeps your comfort and convenience in mind. Powered by Nuance ®, Chevrolet MyLink on the Malibu Eco delivers high-accuracy speech recognition that puts you in control of your smartphone, MP3 player or USB device9 using simple voice commands. Make phone calls, select radio stations, choose music from your mobile device and more, all with the sound of your voice. For further convenience, customize your Chevrolet MyLink starting screen so you can easily access the features you use most.
With Chevrolet MyLink, every ride can feel like a getaway. All of your favorite music and entertainment will be right there with you. MyLink works with your compatible smartphone and Bluetooth ® wireless technology to stream content to its standard 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. Through voice commands or touch controls, tune into Pandora ® or Stitcher SmartRadio™ or listen to commercial-free programs through SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which is standard for three months. You can also connect your music-loaded flash drive or MP3 player through the standard USB connection. Gracenote ®, available on the Malibu Eco MyLink system, will even organize your music library by populating song information and album art.
Keep in touch on the go while your hands are safely on the steering wheel with Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth ® wireless technology for select phones and advanced voice control on Malibu Eco. Simply pair your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with MyLink and say what you want to do. Voice commands allow you to make and receive calls effortlessly while driving. You can even navigate through your phone’s contacts or recent call list easily on the color touch screen. Stepping into your car doesn’t have to mean stepping away from your day. With Chevrolet MyLink you can stay connected while on the move.
Seamless technology features
Sophistication and ease are highlighted within the 2013 Malibu Eco, which continues throughout its technology features. From the mobile technology putting control and convenience in the palm of your hand, to effortless navigation available to help you stay on the right path, Malibu Eco was designed with your comfort and convenience in mind.
Stay connected to your Malibu Eco with the myChevrolet app with the connectivity of OnStar ® RemoteLink™ mobile app. Start your vehicle, check diagnostics, contact roadside assistance, schedule routine maintenance and more. Available from the iTunes Store and Android Marketplace.
OnStar ® Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Have upcoming turns and street names displayed on the 7-inch diagonal screen and hear directions from the automated voice through OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Standard for the first six months.
Rear Vision Camera
The available Rear Vision Camera on Malibu Eco displays a rear view on the touch screen conveniently in the center stack for easy view. This feature helps you see stationary objects behind your Malibu Eco when traveling in reverse at low speeds.
No matter the season, your 2013 Malibu Eco can be the perfect temperature before you even get in the driver’s seat with available Remote Start. Press the button on your key fob and start your vehicle remotely, and it will be ready to go the moment you open the door.
Pioneer Premium Sound System
No detail of your driving experience was overlooked in the 2013 Malibu Eco, including the sound quality of your music. Enjoy premium performance sound with the available Pioneer Premium Nine-Speaker Sound System.
Built for Safety
Protection is great, but prevention is better. The 2013 Malibu Eco was designed with that in mind, offering technologies that will help avoid collisions altogether including Stabilitrak ® Electronic Stability Control System, which assists with directional control of the vehicle during difficult driving situations. Malibu Eco even offers an available Rear Vision Camera to help see certain stationary objects while traveling in Reverse at low speeds.
In the event of a collision, Malibu Eco is equipped to help protect you and your passengers. For the first time, Malibu offers up to 8 airbags including knee air bags for front seat passengers13. Structural integrity of the vehicle is important during collisions and Malibu Eco provides an extremely strong, stiff body and an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, along with Rollover Protection.
Every Malibu Eco offers the security of the latest generation of OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, standard for the first six months. Built-in sensors can automatically alert an OnStar Advisor who is immediately connected to you through your vehicle to see if you need help sent to your exact location — even if you can’t respond.