Chevy Says 2016 Malibu Hybrid Is The Most Efficient In Its Class With 46MPG Combined

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.