It’s all about the electric powertrains at Chevrolet, these days. The automaker has recently announced production of the all-electric vehicle based on the Bolt EV Concept and introduced the 2016 Volt.
And now, we’ve learned, we’re also going to get a Malibu Hybrid. It’ll compete with other hybrid variants of mainstream cars, like the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata—and right from the get go, it has the advantage. The Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating of over 45 mpg, which would put it in the lead.
The highlight of the Malibu Hybrid powertrain is that a big chunk of it is derived from the new Volt, like the two-motor drive unit, power electronics, and a blended regenerative braking system.
That being said, it has some toys of its own. The Malibu Hybrid will feature Chevrolet’s first-ever Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery technology, which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin.
We expect the Malibu Hybrid to arrive at Suski Chevrolet in spring 2016. See you then!