If you know your cars, then you know the Chevy Chevelle is a classic. It has evolved over the years from the Chevelle to the Malibu, but we’ll always love its classic form. Check out some of the Chevelle’s history below.
1964 – 1967
During these years, the very first Chevelle premiered. It came in lots of variations to make everybody happy, from two-door coupes to convertibles, four-door sedans, and station wagons. It came with plenty of power too, with a V8 engine being offered in each body style.
1968 – 1972
The second generation Chevelle brought with it some updates. It swiftly became “America’s most popular mid-size car” and went through body style changes. In 1969, Chevy even developed a steam powered concept Chevelle.
1973 – 1977
The body and chassis of the Chevelle went through major changes in 1973. Then, in 1975, it got major updates with the Chevrolet Efficiency System. It gave the Chevelle even more power and efficiency than its predecessors.
After the Malibu versions of the Chevelles became more popular, the Chevelle officially changed its name in 1978; that’s how it became the Malibu of today.
You can check out a Malibu here at Bill Walsh GM today to try to get that old Chevelle feeling.
At the recent New York Auto Show, Chevrolet showed off the 2016 Malibu Hybrid. This hybrid will borrow some technology from the all-new Volt to make it the most efficient Malibu ever. The Malibu Hybrid’s fuel efficiency is expected to reach 48 mpg city—the highest in the segment.
“Fuel efficiency is important to our customers, especially in the midsize segment and with an estimated 48 mpg city rating, the Malibu Hybrid delivers,” said GM President Dan Ammann in a statement ahead of the Malibu’s reveal.
This efficiency is achieved with a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a two-motor drive unit based on what is found in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. In total, the engine and motors give the Malibu Hybrid 182 horsepower. Powering the hybrid system is a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This will be able to drive the Malibu hybrid on electricity alone at speeds up to 55 mph.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be arriving on showroom floors in spring 2016 and will be built here in the United States at the Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
When Chevrolet revealed its 2016 Malibu at the New York International Auto Show, experts and enthusiasts were impressed enough by the many upgrades and modern styling. In fact, the new Malibu weighs a full 300 pounds less than its predecessor.
But more details from Chevy have consumers much more excited. The latest word is that there will be a hybrid variant of the model, one of the most fuel-efficient cars to hit the market.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu hybrid will reportedly get a combined 45 miles per gallon and will go on sale in the spring of next year. It’s not really a surprise that Chevrolet would make a hybrid version of one of its most popular vehicles, which would fit right next to the latest Volt and the brand new Bolt in the 2016 lineup.
Are you looking forward to the 2016 Chevy Malibu, or its hybrid edition? Let us know what you think in the comments.