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Test Drive of the new 2012 Chevrolt Malibu eAssist

The first of the brand-new Malibus, slated to appear in the spring of 2012, is the Eco, featuring GM’s “light electrification of a traditional powertrain,” a.k.a. eAssist.

Test Drive of the new 2012 Chevrolt Malibu eAssist

GM doesn’t want us calling it a hybrid, although “hybrid” sure rolls off the tongue easier than “light electrification.” The system includes an all-in-one motor/generator that replaces the alternator, connected to 32 lithium-ion cells jammed into a 65-pound battery pack located aft of the rear seat. Via a rubber belt, the electric motor/generator—built in China, with no permanent magnets—contributes a bonus 15 horses to the crankshaft, mostly under wide-open throttle. Fun fact: The belt has a duty life of 75,000 miles. The Eco’s gas engine displaces 2.4 liters and produces 182 horsepower. Combined, engine and motor are expected to deliver 26 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway. We shall see. The car certainly feels no quicker to 60 mph than the 8.7 seconds required for the Malibu LT we sampled in March 2008. Anyone yet pining for the abandoned V-6’s 252 horses? Every Malibu is equipped with a Hydra-Matic 6T40 with a manual shift mode that is operated via a squishy rocker atop the shift knob. It would be a lot more convenient to bang away at the whole shift lever, but maybe Malibu drivers view that as hostile. GM plans to sell the new Malibu on six continents, assembling it in four factories: two in the U.S., one in China, and one in South Korea. The car certainly looks the part with its bulked-up, I’m-about-to-pop-a-vein muscularity. Yet it boasts a Cd of 0.29, down from the previous Malibu’s 0.35, a huge gain. Source:CarandDriver



Author: AL
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SPECIFICATII TEHNICE TEST DRIVE

Test efectuat la: 18.11.2011 | 05:22 EET

  Malibu IIpct
MOTOR/ENGINE ENGINEL4 Benzina
DISPLACEMENT (cmc)2400
MAX POWER(hp/rpm)182/6500
Torque(Nm/rpm)-
DIMENSIUNI LENGHT(mm)4871
WIDTH C(mm)1785
HEIGHT(mm)1450
MASS EMPTY (kg)-
PERFORMANTE V Max (km/h)189
0-100 km/h (secunde)8.3
Average Fuel Consumption (liters)10.1
PRET Without taxes (euro)24.500 dolari
With taxes (euro)-
CAROSERIE Inside Space10
Quality of materials7
Standard Equipement10
Trunk Space9
CONFORT Confort9
Seats front/rear10/8
Air Conditioning Quality8
Sounds9
DINAMICA Engine Rafinement8
80-120 km/h6
Fuel Consumption9
Traction8
Braking9

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