When slowing, the Malibu Eco's regenerative braking system recaptures energy and stores it in the lithium ion battery. The gasoline engine is stopped to save wasted fuel and at a crank position that allows for smooth restarting.
The Eco, as well as the standard 2013 Malibu models, receives an exterior design that aids in aerodynamic efficiency. However, the Eco is the only Malibu model to feature a front shutter that seals the lower grille opening for less drag when less cooling is needed.
In addition to the 2.4-liter E-assist Ecotec, the Malibu will also be available in LS, LT, and LTZ with an all-new Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection. It is estimated the engine will output 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and be mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic with features designed to enhance power train efficiency.