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New York Auto Show: The Third Times the Charm for the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid: Comments

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To say Chevrolet's previous attempts at doing a hybrid model of the Malibu have been lackluster, is an understatement. The past two attempts really didn't see a big increase in fuel economy and were not big sellers. Well Chevrolet hopes to change that as they have previewed the next Malibu Hybrid which the brand says will have better than 45 MPG combined.

The next-generation Malibu Hybrid features an all-new, direct-injected 1.8L four-cylinder paired with a slightly modified two-motor drive unit from the Volt to produce a total output of 182 horsepower. An 80-cell 1.5 kWh battery pack provides the juice for the motors and plays a role in getting the Malibu Hybrid up to 55 MPH on electric power alone.

The Malibu Hybrid will also boast Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery (EGHR) technology. EGHR uses the heat from the exhaust gas to warm up the engine and interior.

“The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will offer impressive fuel economy, exceptional driving characteristics and gorgeous styling. 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,” said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Malibu.

Chevrolet says the new Malibu Hybrid will go on sale next spring.

Source: Chevrolet

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Very Interesting, looks like it will eat up some trunk space. Probably not have the ability to fold down the seats for larger items but for MPG aware drivers should do very well for fleets and commuters. Excited that they are finally moving the VOLT technology into more auto's.

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is this like the volt (EREV) or is more like the other hybrids out there?  I guess its not like the Volt since its not a plug in.

 

Glad to see it.  The 45 mpg should be a huge lure.

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