2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Powertrain Video


Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Powertrain Borrows Volt Tech

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Powertrain Borrows Volt Tech

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

An all-new, direct-injection 1.8L four-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.

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 ensures consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather. Additional fuel economy benefits come from Exhaust Gas Recirculation, or EGR.

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

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This is genius.

Sounds like a great way to generate economies of scale for the Voltec components.

I wonder how much they save by sticking with a small hybrid sized pack instead of providing for some all electric range.

I have also wondered, in this day and age, why anyone would build a hybrid like this without at least 20 miles of plug-in AER. With the cost of batteries the price difference between a plug-in and regular hybrid couldn’t be more than $2,000 and the federal tax credit will pay the difference.

because few people qualify for the tax credit but they should still offer it

Do you really believe that few people that buy $30k cars have a total FICA tax liability of less than $2K? Open your eyes, there is a world of reality beyond your beliefs.

Because most manufacturers still believe they get the biggest fuel economy impact for average owners with hybrids. It is totally transparent for a typical ICE driver, including refuelling.

And for those who would never plug in even if they could (like the infamous GE Volt drivers), hybrids get better mileage than a plug-in because they are lighter.

Fortunately there are also enough enlightened drivers out there to support EREV and BEV volume production as well. But that doesn’t take away from the hybrid’s contribution to reduced oil consumption, at least for now.

Trunk space.

I’d like to see a wagon version of the Malibu and the Volt though.

Because electric supply equipment represents a whole ‘nother subsystem, with its own certification, manufacturing, and QC demands? Let alone user training, as QCO mentioned?

Shea’s Law: The ability to improve a design occurs primarily at the interfaces. This is also the prime location for screwing it up.

Yes indeed. maybe Chevy was banking on this scale to lower the cost of the 2016 Volt.

@ Nick,
Your right.

The beauty is they can use the same tranny congig in a regular hybrid or an EREV like the Volt.

It also can be scaled up to Silverado p/u size trans. so you could have an erev truck. It is actually cheaper in the electric motor dept than a pure series power train because they additively add the motors in EV mode…..so the total motor kw is lower. The electric motors are where the costs are. the gears are cheap.


That would be offering the option of swapping out the 1.5kWh high-power (20C? 30C?) battery with a high capacity pack that can be plugged in.

It’s got all the parts to make it a PHEV except the bigger battery. It’s just stupid not to do so.

Let’s see what the price premium is over the regular Malibu.

I think it’s closer to 47-48 MPG combined not 45

Great to see a post that has Metric measurements along side the old and outdated imperial measurements that only two counties in the world still use.

Now if they’d place this setup in the plug in CT6 or chevy impala, and put a 20 kwh battery in it, they’d get 30 mile all electric range. The electric motors added to a 1800 cc 4 cyl would be roughly equivalent to the base 4 cyl 2000 cc turbo on the entry level CT6, so perceived lack of power shouldn’t be a problem.

Heck, I’d like to see a 50 kwh battery placed in a big caddy escalade with the escalade’s hybrid that they discontinued 2 years ago, for around 70 miles AER..

These are popular models. Batteries aren’t that expensive anymore. Almost all the engineering work, both design and manufacture, has substantially been completed. SO bring out some Big EV’s already.

I believe it is 48 city/45 highway/47 overall.

I see what they did compared with the Fusion Hybrid.

Smaller displacement engine, 1.8L vs 2.0 and less total hp, 182 vs 188 which should offer at least 1 mpg

Lower EV only speed, 55 vs 85 which saves more EV power for hybrid mode and boosts the city mpg rating.

Along with using two electric motors to increase the efficiency benefits of electric propulsion.

It will be interesting to see how this hybrid does in the real world testing. Not due until 2016, it should hit about the same time that Ford’s new dedicated hybrid vehicle and new hybrid drivetrain is launched.

The Ford Fusion hybrid can only travel up to 62 mph in “EV” mode. The Fusion Energi (and C-Max Energi) are the ones that can go up to 85 mph in EV mode.

Not true, an update to all the not plug in Fusion and C max hybrid’s allow them to motivate in EV mode at the higher speed also. I know this because I own one.

They need to make Opel Astra hybrid using this powertrain to compete with Toyota Prius/Auris in Europe.

I think as of now they should have made this car a plug in hybrid at least. In that as soon as these 150 mile and 200 mile range EV’s hit the market they are going to devastate the hybrid market.

It is a silly idea. It still uses gas.