Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Coming in 2016
A hybrid version of the Chevrolet Malibu is on its way. According to General Motors Co., the 2016 Malibu will include a hybrid version with an estimated 45 combined MPG. The latest Malibu is expected to compete with hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, and the Ford Fusion.
As stated on edmunds.com, the Malibu Hybrid will feature a new direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor electric drive system derived from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. According to Chevrolet, this system allows for up to 182 horsepower. A 1.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack with 80 cells will provide electric power and the engine will feature exhaust gas heat recovery technology. As stated in an article by The Detroit News, this system is a Chevrolet first and it uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and inside of the car.
The Malibu Hybrid will also include a regenerative braking system, active grille shutters and a lower ride height to improve aerodynamics and a longer wheelbase. It will also feature a styling update, and will be larger overall. However, the use of high-strength steel is expected to cut the Malibu’s overall weight by approximately 300 pounds.
The new Malibu Hybrid will make its big debut at the New York Auto Show in just a few days. However, sales are not expected to begin until spring 2016. Non-hybrid versions of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu should be available by the end of this year. If you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, contact Ressler Motors.