The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid LT (earlier post) will be available this spring with a starting price of $28,645. With an all-new, hybrid powertrain that uses a slightly modified drive unit and electric motors used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid offers a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined (4.9, 5.2 and 5.0 l/100 km, respectively)—leading figures in the mid-size car segment. Official EPA estimates are pending.
The Malibu Hybrid powertrain uses a new Ecotec 122 hp, 129 lb-ft (175 N·m) 1.8L hybrid-optimized naturally-aspirated direct-injected engine mated with a two-motor electric drive unit and a 1.5 kWh Li-ion battery. Motor B (motoring) delivers 76 kW; Motor A (generating) delivers 55 kW. System horespower is 182 hp @ 5000 rpm; system torque is 277 lb-ft (376 N·m) @ 4750 rpm.
The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt. By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.—Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers
|Top: Malibu Hybrid drive unit. Bottom: Malibu Hybrid battery pack. Click to enlarge.|
The Malibu Hybrid model includes standard Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a rear vision camera. CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms, data plan rates and privacy statements apply and require a compatible smartphone.
Other standard equipment on the Malibu Hybrid includes 10 airbags, cruise control and push-button start with passive entry.
The 2016 Malibu Hybrid offers several new-to-Malibu safety technologies including Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking. Teen Driver, available on all Malibu models, helps support safe driving habits by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their seat belts. It is also the first in-vehicle system in the industry that lets parents view information on how their teenagers drove the vehicle, which can be a teaching tool to reinforce safe driving habits.
The 2016 Malibu is built at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility, in Kansas City, Kan. from globally sourced parts.