The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu features a number of updates, including standard engine stop-start technology to boost fuel economy.
According to the press release from General Motors, stop-start helps boost the Malibu’s city fuel economy to 23 MPG, while on the highway, the car can reach 35 MPG. Those are improvements of 5% and 3%, respectively, over the outgoing model year.
The stop-start engine technology is designed to shut down the engine during times when it would normally be idling– at extended traffic lights, in drive-thru lines, etc. When the driver releases the brake, the engine should seamlessly restart, the release said. Radio, air conditioning, and other electric accessories are powered by an auxiliary battery while the engine is stopped by the stop-start system, according to GM.
The base engine in the Malibu is GM’s new Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 196 horsepower and 186 ft-lbs of torque. It features dual overhead camshafts and direct fuel injection technology that in concert with variable intake valve actuation makes the engine more efficient while lower emissions, according to the release.
The topline engine will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 259 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque.
The Malibu is also getting several chassis tweaks. Quoth the GM presser:
Chassis and suspension updates inspired by the all-new 2014 Impala also contribute to the 2014 Malibu’s more refined driving experience, including rebound springs that are internal to the struts. They enable more refined calibration of the dampers for a smoother overall ride, while also improving body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration or turning. That helps keep the wheels planted, contributing to a more precise, controlled feel – especially while cornering.
Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power steering is standard and enables nearly effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds. Revised, higher-effort calibrations for 2014 were engineered to improve the overall steering feel. Also, the Malibu’s brake system has been revised to provide a more confident feel.
Additional chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes, full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.