• New base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
  • Buyers can also choose 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder with 259 hp
  • New engines join the current mild hybrid "Eco" motor

Two new engines will soon be offered in the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. One motor is aimed at shoppers looking for an affordable midsize sedan; the other is for drivers who want some muscle in their Malibu.

First up is an all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder, which will debut this summer as the base engine in the 2013 Malibu. Producing 197 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, the new motor is comparable to the base 4-cylinder engines offered by competitors, like the 178-hp Toyota Camry or 198-hp Hyundai Sonata.

For drivers who want a little more power, Chevrolet says a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will be added to the 2013 Malibu this fall. According to Chevrolet, the turbo motor will produce 259 horsepower and a healthy 260 pound-feet of torque, which will help the sedan reach 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in just 6.3 seconds. Like the base engine, the turbocharged motor stacks up well against rivals' top-level powerplants, including the 268-horsepower V6 found in the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata's 274-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder.

The two new engines will join the 182-horsepower 2.4-liter mild hybrid "Eco" motor that is currently the only option in the Malibu. Rated at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg in highway driving, the 4-cylinder powerplant can shut itself off while coasting or stopped, starting up again automatically when the accelerator is pressed. No mater which engine you choose, all Malibus come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

While Chevrolet has not yet announced pricing for the 2013 Malibu with the new engines, we think base-level 2.5-liter models will likely start around $23,000, while top-level turbocharged versions could reach $27,000 or more. Today's Malibu Eco starts around $26,000 including destination for the 1LT trim, or around $27,500 for the upscale 2LT model.

What it means to you: With a broader range of engine choices, the Chevrolet Malibu is poised to become one of the most popular midsize sedans on the market.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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