GM has announced that the ninth generation Chevrolet Malibu will be offered with a Hybrid model. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will be GM’s first full-hybrid passenger car. It employs technology borrowed from the 2016 Volt propulsion system. The hybrid powertrain comprises of a newly developed direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a two-motor drive unit of the 2016 Volt with slight modifications. The electric motor is powered by a 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides an electric-only driving range of 55 miles (89 km). The petrol engine and the electric motor together produce 182 hp.
The all-new engine is Chevrolet’s first one to feature application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery (EGHR) technology which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin, a highly useful feature to maintain fuel economy in cold weather. The fuel economy is further improved with the use of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). The Hybrid model has improved aerodynamics with unique features, for improving fuel economy. Upper and lower grille shutters for improved airflow, and a reduced ride height are two instances of such features. The company claims that the Hybrid model will offer an estimated combined fuel economy of more than 45 mpg, higher than rivals like the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured at the Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas City and arrive in showrooms in spring 2016.