2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to Average 45 MPG

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Chevrolet will to offer a hybrid powertrain with its 2016 Malibu midsize sedan. 

The American automaker predicts that the Malibu Hybrid will offer a combined fuel economy rating of over 45 MPG. Under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine hooked up to a two-motor electric drive unit making a combined 182 HP.

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Another new feature on the Malibu is Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery (EGHR) technology, which uses the discarded exhaust to improve engine warm up and to heat the interior. The technology also provides consistent fuel economy even in the winter according to Chevrolet.

A top speed of 50 MPH can be reached running on electricity alone in the Malibu thanks to its 80-cell, 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can also recoup power through regenerative braking.

The new 2016 Malibu will make its official debut on April 1 at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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  • danwat1234

    Nice, the heat recovery system ought to be interesting. I’m guessing it’s not a steam turbine system or peltier system, probably a simple exhaust:water heat exchanger that helps heat the engine coolant.

    Maybe they’ll have a heat exchanger for the transmission fluid to the engine coolant fluid to help heat the tranny quicker for less friction loss.

    The engine will have to be atkinson cycle to achieve 45MPG.

    Wish the Ford Taurus would have a hybrid option, would be great for police departments.