Chevrolet’s recent announcement at the North American International Auto Show of the Bolt EV and the updated Chevy Volt is now a adding Chevrolet Hybrid Electric Malibu to the fleet.
Using technology from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, this Malibu Hybrid will get more than 45 miles per gallon. Why is this big? GM is saying it’s got the best midsize hybrid on the market. Better than the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and the 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.
“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.
With a direct-injection 1.8L 4-cylinder engine coupled with a two-motor drive system that powers the Malibu Hybrid. This drive unit provides an additional 182 horsepower (136 kW) of total system power.
The 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives you electric power for the Hybrid electric. The lithium-ion pack allows you to be in all EV up to 55 miles per hour on ev. The gas engine kicks in for higher speeds and tougher payloads to bring the extra booster.
Best part is the Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kansas, at the Fairfax Assembly plant from globally sourced parts. So expect it in Spring 2016.