All-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be a hybrid

2016 Chevrolet Malibu will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating more than 45 mpg(6,3 liters per 100kms), higher than the combined mileage ratings of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrid variants.

4/12/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

It's really strange that a carmaker entirely replaces a car after just three model years, but the brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is remarkable in more ways than that.

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Propulsion system

Using technology from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt propulsion system, Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg(6,3 liters per 100 kms), higher than the combined mileage ratings of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata hybrid variants.

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In the interests of maximizing fuel efficiency, the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid has a number of modifications from the gasoline-only version, including upper and lower grille air shutters to improve airflow, and a reduced ride height.

3563.jpg“The 2016 Malibu Hybrid will offer impressive fuel economy, exceptional driving characteristics and gorgeous styling,” said Jesse Ortega, Chevrolet Malibu chief engineer.

“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,” Ortega said.

Heart of the car

An all-new direct-injection 1.8L 4-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit slightly modified from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drive unit powers the Malibu Hybrid. The drive unit provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, for 182 horsepower (136 kW) of total system power.

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The engine also features Chevrolet’s first application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery, or EGHR, technology, which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin.  EGHR improves engine warm up and assures consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather. Additional fuel economy benefits come from Exhaust Gas Recirculation, or EGR.

Battery pack

An 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the Hybrid system. The advanced lithium-ion based chemistry can power the Malibu hybrid at up to amazing 55 miles (88 km/h) per hour on electricity alone. The gasoline-powered engine will automatically come on at higher speeds and high loads when necessary to provide additional power.

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Malibu Hybrid also shares power electronics from the 2016 Volt and a blended regenerative braking system, which provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking to be stored into the battery system to help maintain charge.

Production

The Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kansas, at the Fairfax Assembly plant from globally sourced parts. It is due in Chevrolet dealer showrooms in spring 2016.

Also, more details could be unveiled within next time.

Please, stay tuned with us for all the latest news reported.

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*Do you like all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu?What do you think about its new design and imrovements?Do you think that the product version of the car will differ a lot from the concept version?Why?

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