2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Pulling From Volt Playbook

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Pulling a few pages from the Volt playbook, Chevrolet will offer a “strong hybrid” version of the 2016 Malibu set to bow in New York next week.

Power for the Malibu Hybrid comes from a 1.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder paired with a modified two-motor drive unit from the 2016 Volt meant to aid the engine during acceleration. Total horsepower comes to 182, and its estimated combined mileage is projected to be 45 mpg. Electric power comes from an 80-cell lithium-ion pack providing 1.5 kWh to the hybrid system, which can allow the Malibu to travel up to 55 mph on electric-only travel.

The gasoline engine is also Chevrolet’s first to have exhaust gas heat recovery, improving fuel economy and engine warm up as well as providing heat to the cabin. Further fuel economy improves come from exhaust gas recirculation, while its regenerative braking system — also shared with the 2016 Volt — helps maintain charge in the pack

The hybrid will leave Kansas City, Kan. for showrooms next spring.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Chainyanker Chainyanker on Mar 26, 2015

    Exhaust gas recirculation? What kind of futuristic voodoo technology is this? Genius move to finally hybridize their midsizer during an oil glut.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 26, 2015

    Little late to the party as this is old news. The design of the 2nd Gen Voltec is such that it can easily be adapted to a run like a conventional hybrid. Actually pretty smart on GM's part.

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    • 87 Morgan 87 Morgan on Mar 26, 2015

      @bumpy ii I have driven a Prius and my business partner has a used Volt, which I have spent a lot of time in including a 400 mile round trip jaunt in one day. The Volt is by far the better choice in terms of cabin comfort, seats, lack of road noise. He had one issue which was easily rectified shortly after purchase. At the end of the day, he paid 23.5k for a used Volt that came from the factory as a demo and had yet to have the tax credits redeemed. Which makes the net in his rig 12k for an average of 68 mpg. Not bad.

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