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2016 Malibu Hybrid’s Powertrain Borrows from the New Volt

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

For the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Malibu will also be offered as an electric, which we at Bradshaw Chevrolet have now learned will be powered in part by technology developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

That can only be a good thing as we’ve learned at Bradshaw Automotive, because the Volt is an exceptional vehicle when it comes to electric technology.  We have high expectations for the new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid.

Some of the borrowed parts will included a modified two-motor drive unit, which will be mated to an all-new, direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as part of the Malibu Hybrid’s powertrain. That’ll give it a total output of 182 horsepower and the ability to go up to 55 mph on electricity alone!

The two vehicles also share power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system, which stores kinetic energy produced under braking into the battery system.

The Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg, which is higher than the competing hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

Tell us what you think of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as an electric vehicle here at Bradshaw Automotive as we wait for it to come into stores!