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Buick Regal GS

The current generation Chevrolet Malibu is available with I4 and V6 engines

The 2011 Kia Optima SX (pictured above) like its Hyundai Sonata relative will only be available with four-cylinder engines
CAFE leads to engine downsizing for GM

Manufacturers are preparing for upcoming CAFE changes which will require corporate fleets to average 34.1 mpg by 2016. As a result, a number of auto manufactures are turning to direct injection, turbocharging, hybrid technology, and full electrics to boost their fleet fuel economy.

General Motors is taking a big step, according to GM Inside News, to improve the fuel economy of its bread and butter midsize sedans. The next generation Chevrolet Malibu (due out as a 2012 model) will reportedly only be available with four-cylinder engines.

The current generation Malibu is available with a four-cylinder base engine and an optional six-cylinder engine like most other midsize sedans on the market. It's likely, however, that the next Malibu will use two new four-cylinder engines featuring direct injection technology -- the base engine will be normally aspirated while the uprated motor will be turbocharged.

GM already uses this approach with the new 2011 Buick Regal. The base Regal is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. An optional 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine producing 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque will be made available later in the model year. An even more potent Regal GS will come later next year with an uprated turbo four producing 250+ hp.

Another manufacturer that is going four-cylinder-only is Hyundai (along with its accompanying Kia brand). The 2010 Sonata is currently only available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (24/35 mpg). The 2011 Sonata will be available with a 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder which outpowers and outgrunts the optional V6s in other midsize sedans while delivering 22 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Both powertrains will also make their way into the upcoming 2011 Kia Optima.

Toyota's Camry and Honda's Accord are both due for complete redesigns within the next two years, so it would be interesting to see if they too go for a top to bottom four-cylinder engine lineup.

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RE: It may be a big challenge?
By FITCamaro on 9/1/2010 1:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently you're completely clueless of the Ecotec line. One of the most reliable four cylinders out there. Not to mention the stock block on the 2.0L can handle 500 hp.

As far as sound, no. A four cylinder will never sound like a V8. But with the right muffler it doesn't have to sound like a typical fart pipe either.

Thank you. Come again.

RE: It may be a big challenge?
By Pneumothorax on 9/1/2010 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
I drive a LE5 ecotec everyday in my 2009 Government provided G6. It has nothing on my wife's 2006 Accord K24 motor. Sounds buzzy/thrashy at anything above 3.5K Rpm. Power is decent though, but shackled with a craptastic 4 speed auto. Unless the DI/Turbo variants are much better, GM's 3.6 V6 on the Malibu is a SUPERIOR engine. I guess I'm one of the few who still love the sound/feel of a smooth v6/v8 engine.

RE: It may be a big challenge?
By FITCamaro on 9/1/2010 1:38:10 PM , Rating: 1
I guess I'm one of the few who still love the sound/feel of a smooth v6/v8 engine.

Perhaps you're forgetting I drive a 2006 GTO.

I can't speak to the 2.2L variant but the 2.4L Ecotec I had in my 06 Cobalt SS was incredibly smooth all the way to redline. I also had a manual. I've driven a V6 G6 and it had plenty of power and was very smooth.

Yes the four speed auto they use sucks. Don't understand why they haven't updated it. At least the larger engines finally got a 6-speed auto.

And don't b*tch about your free car.

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