The current generation of the Chevy Malibu is in the third year so for the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid there will probably be just some mild improvements in order to keep it fresh in already crowded mid size sedan market. The hybrid version is visually based on the standard Malibu model but it features a strong hybrid powertrain under its hood. Along with the engine, this model shows and impressive fuel efficiency with great driving dynamics.
The Chevy Malibu represents one of the best mid size sedans for families. It offers pleasant and simple cabin with excellent infotainment systems. Furthermore, it stands out for its very attractive look and smooth ride. However, it doesn’t offer many standard safety features nether a rearview camera. So, if you load it with more safety systems it could get a bit pricey. In spite of that, we believe that the upcoming Chevy is going to be very popular on the market. Its main rivals will be Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Subaru Legacy.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid powertrain and performance
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will have an optional hybrid engine besides the traditional engines. It will be a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder in combination with two electric motors and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The total output of this unit will be 160 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with a six-speed automatic gearbox. It is able to go 55 mph on all-electric only with the fuel efficiency of 48 mpg combined with is really amazing. The Malibu Hybrid is generally a very fuel efficient. It gets 19 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 46 mpg combined.
Furthermore, the Chevy Malibu will also come with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbo and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engines. They will all be mated to an automatic gearbox and the front-wheels drive configuration will be standard for all versions.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will feature the same design of the 2017 model year. Since its exterior is still fresh and generally very handsome there was no need for any changes this time. However, we might see new exterior colors. The Chevy will ride on standard 17-inch aluminum wheels but it will also be available with larger 18-inch ones.
Inside, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid features simple and clean design. The cabin is spacious, quiet and comfortable. The cargo space is generally very good in Malibu sedan, but the hybrid versions are a bit crowded because of the battery pack. The dashboard gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, it will also be available with a larger 8-.0-inch display.
Depending on a trim level, the Chevy comes with plenty of infotainment systems and features. Some of them are Bose audio, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, wireless device charging, 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot capability etc.
As for the safety, it comes standard with 10 airbags, stability and traction control but the rearview camera it once again not included.
Release date and price
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid should go on sale later this year. As for the price, the hybrid version should be round $29,000.