When the all-new Chevrolet Malibu launched this year, it was available in Eco form only. This meant that consumers could only purchase the 37 MPG highway eAssist-equipped model, which came with a somewhat high $25,995 starting price.
As the summer approaches, however, buyers will have two fresh engine options to choose from in the Malibu as it introduces a pair of all-new powertrains (depending on if the Cadillac ATS launches after it). First is the 2.5L Ecotec engine, which has been rated at an SAE-certified 197 horsepower (147 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of torque (259 Nm). Chevy claims it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated four-pot in the segment, but hasn’t announced a fuel economy rating just yet. Regardless, the 2.5L will be the base engine for the new ‘Bu, and is expected to shave a couple grand off the car’s base price.
Those interested in a peppier driving experience should be on the lookout for the Malibu’s all-new 2.0L Ecotec turbo offering, which is SAE-certified at 259 horsepower (193 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm). Chevy also informs us that peak torque is sustained from just 1,700 RPM and will hold all the way to 5,500 RPM. The power boost will also give the new ‘Bu Turbo a 0-60 time of just 6.3 seconds. Surprisingly, that acceleration time is nearly a half-second faster than the Buick Regal GS. Obviously, we want to have a go at the new Malibu Turbo, as our experience with the reserved Malibu Eco left us realizing that the supple chassis is crying for a more powerful engine.