2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is coming to make the most out of fuel economy from a running engine. That’s right; 2018 year Hybrid model of Chevrolet Malibu is sharing its powertrain from Chevy Volt.
Along with a revamped performance, the new generation Chevrolet Hybrid is also bringing along an updated styling both in exterior and interior. Another reason for Chevrolet upgrading Malibu Hybrid is to create a stiff competition against Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Kia Optima.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Exterior Changes
The exterior design of 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid excels on the stance of a typical luxury sedan. The front fascia is upright and pronounced with a new generation styling which includes dynamic headlights.
2018 Malibu Hybrid wears new deep creases in the side body which projects a sporty look. Chrome accents contribute to modern embellishments as it has been used extensively on the grille, window panes and tailgate. The hood has also been revised as muscular lines now protruding on each side. All in all, the overall exterior styling appears to be a part of Chevrolet’s modern design language.
The interior cabin of 2018 Malibu now boasts an array of standard features including the tri-zone climate control. Revisions have been done in the center console too as the controls have a new arrangement.
In terms of technology, an infotainment system now supports smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-Fi Hotspot. Hands-free calling with Bluetooth connectivity further adds driver’s convenience. Altogether, this interior cabin is much of a carryover from its last generation model.
Dedicated to deliver a mileage of 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway, its powertrain of 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is borrowed straight from Chevrolet Volt. This includes two electric motors, the regenerative braking system and transmission.
The only key differences are engine and battery. Instead of the Volt’s 1.5 liter 101 HP engine, this new Malibu Hybrid uses a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine that produces 122 HP and 277 lb-ft torque. Likewise, there’s a 1.5 kWh battery pack which doesn’t include an EV mode.
According to Chevrolet officials, the 1.5kWh battery doesn’t suffice manual selection of electric drive and rather the drivetrain automatically adjust the electric motors for power boost. To reason further, there’s literally no EV-mode controller to be accessed by the driver.
Nonetheless, there’s a dedicated monitoring system which syncs with the interior cabin’s display to guide the driver, enabling them to monitor the changes in acceleration. This in turn allows for an efficient driving experience.
Price and Release Date
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid could come with a price tag of $33,550 or more. The unsuspecting public could see the release of this 2018 Malibu Hybrid during the last quarters of 2017.