2018 Chevy Monte Carlo Hybrid – 2018 Hybrid Monte Carlo

2018 Chevy Monte Carlo Hybrid – 2018 Hybrid Monte Carlo

The 2018 Chevy Monte Carlo is a name with a lot of history attached.  One of General Motors (GM) oldest models, Chevy today announced its plans for the new 2018 hybrid Monte Carlo, which was previewed at the New York Auto Show.

The new 2018 Monte Carlo will be based around three different engines:

2.4 L LUK Ecotec 182 hp (136 kW) I4 w/ eAssist

2.5 L Ecotec 197 hp (147 kW) I4

3.6 L LFX 303 hp (226 kW) V6

All of the engines will come with six-speed transmissions -- increasingly an industry standard, given that more gears helps automakers better balance power and fuel efficiency.

The eAssist model uses GM's second generation belt-driven battery/motor system.  While less powerful than power-split architectures where the generator is directly driven by the drive shaft, the second gen system does offer more hybrid energy recapture, with a 15 kW (20 hp) motor-generator that delivers 79 lb·ft (107 N·m) of torque.  Further, it's inexpensive and simple, making cost of ownership and repairs less intense than with traditional power-split hybrids.

The Ecotec engines also bring direct injection to the 2018 Monte Carlo for the first time.  Cumulatively these allow the 2.4L LUK Ecotect/eAssist 2018 Monte Carlo to get an estimated 35 MPG.

The vehicle will feature Chevy's nascent MyLink infotainment/services platform, paired with a 4.2-inch LCD screen.  It will also come with LED daytime running lights and a stacked technology options package, which includes, "full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist".