How Does Chevrolet Plan to Trick Out its End-of-2017 Malibu? With a GM-Developed Nine-Speed Auto Transmission

If you're familiar with the zippy, 1.5L I4-equipped 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, then you know it's got the fuel economy – up to 27 mpg city, up to 36 mpg highway – to help take you places. But what if you pair Malibu's available step-up 2.0L Turbo, complete with a comparable EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway fuel economy, with an entirely new Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission developed by GM? Chevrolet's doing it. And we can't wait to see how it plays out.

In fact, four Chevrolet models will boast that flexibility by the end of 2017. And can you imagine -- a wider 7.6:1 overall first-to-top gear ratio, deep 4.69 first gear and tall 0.62 top gear, creating that performance balance of acceleration and low-rpm highway cruise, while bespeaking fuel economy and a near-whisper-quiet engine in tandem?

Imagine it. While you're at it, picture the transmission's selectable one-way clutch, able to torque or freewheel, five planetary gear sets working together with four stationary clutches and three rotating clutches for seamless shifting, each engaging in one gear while releasing from another, and at the same time. And late-2017 Malibu's torque converter technology will make for a smooth take-off, electronically controlled capacity clutch (ECCC) technology putting the damper on engine vibe so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Until late 2017, we'll have to be content just imagining the possibilities. But that doesn't mean you have to. Come visit us here in McHenry, IL, and we at Gary Lang Chevrolet will introduce you to our vanguard of 2017 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. A test drive, like the new Malibu, is just around the corner!

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