Chevrolet believes that high-tech efficiency enhancers should be available to more U.S. auto shoppers, and it’s backing that belief with action. When it goes on sale this fall, the 2014 Chevy Malibu will introduce a sophisticated stop/start system on its entry-level model to boost fuel-economy ratings by a robust 15 percent in city driving.
The technology, which Chevy previously launched on the Malibu eAssist model, automatically shuts off a car’s engine when the vehicle comes to a stop (for traffic lights for example) and then seamlessly restarts the powerplant as soon as the driver’s foot releases the brake. In between, a 12-volt auxiliary battery helps keep the electrical system in the 2014 Chevy Malibu online for climate control, audio functions and more. But stop/start isn’t the only efficiency enhancer being deployed in the 2014 Chevy Malibu.
A new six-speed automatic transmission and “Intake Valve Lift Control” are in the mix as well, with the latter allowing the Malibu’s valvetrain to run in two separate modes. When a driver needs the engine’s full power, the high-lift mode can unleash a total of 196 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. But in more relaxed driving, the low-lift mode is used for optimum efficiency.
As a result of these enhancements and more, the entry-level 2014 Chevy Malibu can achieve 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway/29 mpg combined to deliver higher highway and combined grades than the starter models of rivals like the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion or Hyundai Sonata.
Upgrades to the 2014 Chevy Malibu go further than that, too.
“In this competitive midsize segment, there is no standing still,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet marketing vice president. “In addition to fuel economy improvements, the 2014 Malibu is roomier and more refined than its predecessor.”
Written by Charles Krome.
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