We are pretty sure that the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is coming without bigger changes for the next year. This model came last year, so there is no reason for some early changes.
The legendary sedan is in production for so many years and it is still one of the key players on the market. We have seen numerous versions of it and the new hybrid model came two years ago, along with the ninth generation.
This version features pretty much the same design characteristics as base gasoline models. It comes with the same characteristics in pretty much all aspects except powertrain. In terms of styling, it features the brand’s latest design language, while the interior is made of high-quality materials and full of various standard features. As we already mentioned, the 2018 Malibu Hybrid will not feature bigger changes, so it should come late in the year.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid redesign
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will come without bigger changes compared to the model that came two years ago. This version has pretty much the same characteristics as the ninth generation of the conventional gasoline model. In terms of base design characteristics, it also rides on the brand-new E2XX platform, which debuted on this sedan. Compared to the previous generation, the new one features a longer wheelbase for about 4 inches. It also utilizes some new light materials, so there is some nice weight saving too.
In terms of styling, we will see the same look. The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will continue to follow brand’s latest design language. It provides a sleeker appearance of the new model. It has most in common with the latest version of the full-size Chevrolet Impala. Interior will also come without changes. We will see a familiar cabin, fully loaded with various features.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid features
As we already mentioned, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will come with a full load of standard features. Compared to the base gasoline model, it will come with more equipment. Some of the notable standard features are things like Dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, push-button start. This sedan features a 7-inch touchscreen, which comes with the latest infotainment system that features things like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and OnStar with 4G LTE etc. Base models feature cloth upholstery, but leather is available along with the things like leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, power passenger’s seat etc.
Optional features are also things like 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and many others.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid powertrain
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will continue with the familiar powertrain. It consists of a familiar 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which is good for about 123 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. This unit comes along with two electric motors. So, the total output goes around 185 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is the same as on Chevrolet Volt. It is a Voltec 5ET50 Multi-mode electric transaxle, which provides smooth acceleration and nice fuel economy. With this sedan, you will get a fuel economy around 46 miles per gallon. This is better than most of the hybrid cars on the market.
Besides this hybrid version, there are also two gasoline powertrain choices in the offer. Those are a 1.5-liter engine with around 160 horses, and a 2.0-liter unit that is good for about 250 horsepower.
2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid release date and price
The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will come late in the year. We don’t expect changes in price, so base models should go around 28.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, you should consider both hybrid and gasoline mid-size sedans. Key players on the market are models like Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and many other cars.