General Motors has revamped the engine in the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt to achieve a 9 percent gain in highway fuel economy, the company said Tuesday, April 29.
The engines for the Cobalt LS and 1LT have been tagged with the Cobalt XFE badge to identify the mid-year change.
The improvements made to the coupe and sedan now give the vehicles an Ecotec 2.2-liter engine producing 148 hp. The five-speed manual transmission gets 36 mpg in highway driving, 25 mpg in the city.
Even with fuel improvements to the Cobalt line, the price for the vehicle has not strayed from the coupe and sedan models. The Cobalt XFE, which first reached dealer lots March 17, is currently on sale and priced at $14,885 for the LS and $15,595 for the 1LT versions, including a $660 destination charge.