While the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu didn’t feature a hybrid counterpart, Chevy has announced a heavily upgraded version will be available for 2016. For the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevy will carry over technology from the plug-in Volt hybrid to improve the efficiency of this midsize sedan.
The last Malibu Hybrid made only slight gains in the mpg realm, but Chevy officials say the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid boasts a dramatic economy improvement. A 1.8L four-cylinder engine will be paired with a two-motor electric unit like the one that powers the Volt for a combined generation of 182 hp. This setup is expected to allow for 45 mpg combined, propelling the Malibu ahead in its class.
What’s more, a lithium-ion battery pack guarantees speeds up to 55 mph when the Malibu operates on electricity alone. A regenerative braking system recharges the battery, and a recovery system converts exhaust gas heat to keep the engine and cabin warm for optimal efficiency.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid has been granted a subtle yet noteworthy facelift, with most updates geared toward the vehicle’s aerodynamics. It sits closer to the ground for enhanced ability to whip through the streets swiftly and precisely. And although the Malibu Hybrid has grown in size, its high-strength steel structure has reduced the car’s weight by about 300 pounds. Active grille shutters round out the changes made to the upcoming Malibu Hybrid.
The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid is slated to hit the market in spring 2016. Keep Cox Chevrolet in mind as you await the Malibu Hybrid’s arrival, as we can ensure that you get behind the wheel once they arrive at the dealership. But if impatience is getting the best of you, feel free to drop by 2900 Cortez Rd. W in Bradenton, FL to explore our current Chevy collection or call our sales staff so that we can help you weigh your options.
Image next to introductory paragraph is of 2015 Malibu model.