|GM’s currently announced production hybrid timeline. Click to enlarge.|
At the introduction of the redesigned 2008 Malibu today at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper confirmed that a hybrid version will be introduced with the start of production later this year.
The Malibu hybrid will use the GM Hybrid System already applied in the Saturn VUE Green Line SUV and Saturn Aura Green Line sedan hybrids. The GM Hybrid Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) system in the Green Line vehicles combines an electric motor/generator with a 2.4L Ecotec VVT four-cylinder engine, Hydra-Matic 4T45 four-speed transmission and Cobasys 36V NiMH battery pack. (Earlier post).
|The 2008 Malibu.|
The non-hybrid models of the new 2008 Malibu offer either a 2.4L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine or a 3.6L DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing (VVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 and is offered with the 2.4L four-cylinder—a segment first.
The 2.4L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine is rated at 164 horsepower (122 kW) and delivers an estimated 31 mpg in highway driving. The available 3.6L V-6 VVT is an all-aluminum DOHC engine that uses variable valve technology to produce 252 hp (188 kW) while delivering an estimated 26 mpg in highway driving.