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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Comes to New York, Estimated at 45+ MPG

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/25/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Chevrolet will bring a hybrid variant of the next-generation Malibu to market by spring 2016. The hybrid, which we'll see for the first time at the New York auto show next week, will offer a GM-estimated combined fuel economy rating of over 45 mpg.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid comes equipped with a 1.8-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine paired with a two-motor drive unit that has been slightly modified from the new Chevrolet Volt First Look" target="_blank">2016 Volt. This drive unit provides supplemental power to assist the engine during acceleration for a total system output of 182 hp. A 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack is on hand to power the hybrid system, helping the sedan to travel up to 55 mph on electricity alone.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Engine And Drive Unit© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Engine And Drive Unit Chevrolet is counting on the Malibu Hybrid to beat the competition in terms of fuel economy. The Ford Fusion Hybrid achieves 42 mpg, while the Toyota Camry tops out at 41 mpg. An all-new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is also expected to debut for the 2016 model year with a 42-mpg rating. But we'll have to wait and see how big the difference is when Chevrolet announces final fuel economy estimates very soon.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Battery Cutaway© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Battery Cutaway Other than its Volt-inspired drive unit, the Malibu Hybrid also has the same power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system. This system allows the battery to store kinetic energy produced by braking. To further maximize fuel economy, the Volt comes with a number of aerodynamic touches -- including upper and lower grille air shutters as well as a lower ride height. To make sure the sedan achieves consistent fuel economy in cold weather, Chevrolet has introduced the Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery technology for the first time on the engine of the Malibu Hybrid. This system uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin, and it works in tandem with Exhaust Gas Recirculation to boost fuel economy.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Profile Teaser Photo© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Profile Teaser Photo We still don't know what the model will look like, but we'll have a much better clue when the next-gen Malibu debuts on April 1 in New York. The Malibu hybrid will eventually be produced at the automaker's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan.

Source: Chevrolet


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