2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid borrows technology from the Volt

Chevy has announced that the all-new 2016 Malibu will offer a hybrid version that borrows technology from the 2016 Volt. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will have a combined mpg rating over 45 mpg, which is higher than the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrids.

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Chevy has announced that the all-new 2016 Malibu will offer a hybrid version that borrows technology from the 2016 Volt. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will have a combined mpg rating over 45 mpg, which is higher than the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrids.
“The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will offer impressive fuel economy, exceptional driving characteristics and gorgeous styling,” said Jesse Ortega, Chevrolet Malibu chief engineer.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Drive Unit

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The Malibu Hybrid will be powered by a direct-injection 1.8L 4-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit slightly modified from the 2016 Volt drive unit. The system generates a total 182 horsepower. An 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric motor. The advanced lithium-ion based chemistry can power the Malibu hybrid at up to 55 miles per hour on electricity alone.

The engine also features Chevrolet’s first application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery, or EGHR, technology, which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin. EGHR improves engine warm up and assures consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather.

“Besides leveraging innovation from the Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid also has unique features that help improve aerodynamics, like upper and lower grille air shutters to improve airflow and a reduced ride height, all of which help reduce fuel consumption,” Ortega said.

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is expected to arrive in spring 2016.

Source: Chevy