Before the the official Chevrolet press conference but after the official global unveiling of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, the brand’s Facebook page has gone forward (somebody probably jumped the gun, again) and labeled a gallery titled “Introducing the All-New Malibu 2013 LTZ and ECO”, subtitled “Sleek lines, a great new touch console…and great fuel economy. The 2013 Malibu Eco, with 38 MPG’s.”
That number totally blows the segment wide open as far as a gas-only drivetrain goes. But does this mean drivers will be forced to drive a manual transmission as seen in the smaller Cruze Eco to achieve that number? We’ll tell you when Chevy’s press conference begins in approximately one hour at the time of this writing.