The upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid keeps bragging about its environmental credentials, claiming the top of its segment.
Chevrolet expects their new Malibu Hybrid to offer an EPA-estimated 46mpg combined, with 47mpg city and 46mpg highway estimated ratings.
“The Malibu Hybrid offers outstanding fuel efficiency and integrates the latest technology to give customers a world-class hybrid,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “Combined with a number of available, leading safety and connectivity features, it’s a great choice for those who want exceptional efficiency with Chevrolet’s signature value.”
The hybrid powertrain shares some of its components and software with Chevy’s core plug-in hybrid model, the Volt which allow the Malibu to use just the electric motors in some driving scenarios.
Offering a combined output of 182hp from the 1.8-litre petrol engine and Volt’s two-motor drive unit, the Malibu Hybrid can reach up to 53mph in all-electric mode. Also shared with the Volt is the regenerative braking system while the system takes its electric power by a 80-cell 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Priced at $28,645 (including destination charges) the 2016 Malibu Hybrid is based on the LT trim of the regular model, offering 10 standard airbags, a rear-vision camera, cruise control and safety features like Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Rear Vision Camera and Low Speed Automatic Braking.