Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Fuel Consumption
Chevrolet is chuffed to bits now that EPA announced the fuel economy rating for the 203 Malibu Turbo, because they are all good numbers.
The Turbo offers a great balance between performance and fuel efficiency. The Malibu turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Even with this performance delivered by its 259-horsepower (193 kW) engine, the Malibu turbo has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 city and 30 mpg highway.With its peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) sustained between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm, the turbocharged engine also gives Malibu excellent response under a broad range of driving condition. Combined consumption is 24 mpg.
Malibu Turbo goes on sale from October priced from $27,710 for the base model, which is very well equipped. There is also a LTZ version with a few more bells and whistles priced at 30,925.
Details and specs of Chevy Malibu Turbo:
Standard content on turbo LT models includes:
- 18-inch aluminum wheels
- Chevy MyLink, with a seven-inch color touch-screen radio, Bluetooth, and USB port
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Remote start
- Eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar
- Tilting and telescoping steering column with steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control
- Ice-blue ambient lighting.
Malibu turbo LTZ models add:
- LED tail lamps
- Leather-appointed seats
- Heated front seats
- Available 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Technically advanced engine
A host of technologically advanced elements contribute to the Malibu turbo’s performance, including dual-overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and more:
- Twin-scroll turbocharger that virtually eliminates turbo lag and generates maximum boost of 20 psi
- Air-to-air intercooler that reduces the pressurized air charge’s temperature for optimal performance
- A356T6 aluminum cylinder head cast with Rotocast process – similar to the Corvette ZR1’s heads – for greater strength and improved airflow
- Sand-cast aluminum engine block that features cast-in iron liners and structural enhancements to enable higher power with reduced noise and vibration
- Aluminum pistons with jet-spray cooling, which enhances performance and longevity
- Modular balance shaft system in the oil pan for greater refinement
- Two–stage variable-displacement oil pump that enhances the overall operating efficiency of the engine
- Specially tuned exhaust for reduced backpressure and improved sound quality.
A solid body structure, as stiff as any in the global midsize market, helped engineers dial in a refined degree of control in the front and rear suspensions, while an isolated engine cradle reduces noise transmission to the cabin. Chassis and suspension highlights include:
- MacPherson-strut front suspension with dual-path mountings, which separates the transfer of spring damper loads to the body to a smoother-feeling ride and an enhanced feeling of control. New for the turbo model are internal rebound springs for the front struts that give the Malibu improved body motion control and roll damping in handling maneuvers
- Side-load-compensated strut modules are designed to reduce the sliding friction caused by the bending load on the strut that is common in most suspension geometries, for more precise suspension tuning
- Aluminum steering knuckle/strut carriers and control arms are used to minimize un-sprung weight, optimize weight distribution throughout the front suspension and intended to foster a more nimble driving feel
- A direct-acting front stabilizer bar enables a more direct and immediate feeling to steering inputs. It is mounted to the rear portion of the engine cradle, with each end of the bar connected to the front struts
- Isolated lower A-arms, with integrated ball joints, are attached via two mounting points on a sub-frame that, in turn, is mounted with four isolators to the body structure. This provides a firmer foundation for the A-arms, which helped engineers tune the suspension more precisely, while also reducing noise and vibration
- Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms are designed to deliver a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road inputs
- Rack-mounted electric power steering gear by ZF Steering Systems. This dual-pinion system – one for steering and the other to move the rack – is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, with almost perfect linear response. It also helps save fuel because engine doesn’t have to turn a conventional hydraulic steering pump
- A four-link rear suspension intended to contribute to the car’s controlled feel, with a direct-acting performance and precise calibration, thanks to its mounting directly to the stiff body structure. The four links include an upper camber link, two lower links and a trailing link
- Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Malibu Turbo, while 19-inch wheels are available. They’re used with 235/50R18 or 245/45R19 all-season tires, respectively.
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