Chevrolet is trimming down its lineup for the 2020 model year as the automaker just announced it will no longer offer a hybrid version of the Malibu, according to a report published by Green Car Reports.
The company also confirmed the news on its website, meaning a hybrid type of the 2020 Malibu configurator will not be part of the brand’s upcoming vehicles while the rest are getting a few updates and option packages.
The Malibu hybrid was first introduced in 2016, carrying a new gas-electric powertrain with components shared with the now-discontinued Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. It was given an EPA rating of 46 mpg combined, thanks to a 1.8-liter inline-four gas engine and two electric motors.
The conventional setup, meanwhile, will continue to be offered, including all existing trim levels: the L, LS, RS, LT, and Premier. The 1.5-liter turbo-four gas engine that makes 160 horsepower and a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four standard on the Malibu Premier will also be available for buyers.
In terms of updates, the midsize sedan will only have minor equipment reshuffling after 1.5-liter models were given a new continuously variable transmission in 2019.
With the departure of the hybrid version of the Chevrolet Malibu, customers looking to buy a family sedan can choose among the remaining brands available, including the Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Sonata.
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