Chevrolet Malibu sedan will lose hybrid modification

Chevrolet Malibu sedan will lose hybrid modification

September 19, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

At one time, the modification of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid helped this mid-size sedan become related to the Chevrolet Volt. Now it has become known that this hybrid model will become history.

The model line of the Chevrolet brand has lost all hybrids. In mid-February of this year, the last Chevrolet Volt was rolled off the assembly line, and the other day media reported that the automaker was going to abandon the Malibu Hybrid sedan. This was reported by the publication “Autoblog” with reference to its own source in the company. It is known that in the list of available modifications of the Malibu 2020 model year there is no such version. The car will be offered with two “turbo fours” – one and a half liter 162-strong and two-liter 253-strong. The first works in tandem with the variator, and the second is offered 9-speed automatic transmission.

The power plant of the hybrid Malibu was like a Volt: a traditional ICE and two electric engines in the block. Only for the Volt model was selected a one and a half liter engine, and for Malibu – a 1.8-liter.

The difference was in the batteries. So, Malibu did not charge from the outlet and cost 1.5 kWh. But the Volt battery showed a huge by the standards of hybrids indicator – 18.4 kWh. Recall, Volt left the market due to low popularity. Even his ground-breaking feed for 2010 did not help: GM was one of the first to offer a modern car with charging from a power outlet for the masses. In general, sales of the Chevrolet Malibu sedan continue to decline year by year. For comparison, in 2016 this model showed the result in 227 881 cars, in 2018 – 144 542 units, and in the first five months of 2019 such sedans sold only 34 150 copies.