The US automaker has announced its all new 2016 Malibu Hybrid LT will have a base price of $28, 645 and has been scheduled to appear in dealer showrooms this upcoming spring.
The pricing premium over the regular Malibu LT is of $2, 750 and the Malibu Hybrid compensates by adding to the mix the high-tech powertrain that has numerous traits in common with the one found inside the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Under the hood sits a regular 1.8-liter EcoTec four-cylinder petrol burner and a two-motor electric drive unit. The traditional mill will deliver around 122 hp (91 kW), and the two electric motors will also churn out 73 hp (55 kW) and 101 hp (76 kW), respectively. The combined maximum power is of 182 hp (136 kW) and as has become classical the two electric motors will also be responsible for delivering some performance jolts when under heavy acceleration.
Linked to the electric motors is a smallish 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can assist the Malibu Hybrid to go as fast as 55 mph (88 km/h) when running in zero emissions mode. This will be enough to deliver a good 48 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 47 mpg combined fuel economy (estimates made by GM). According to the automaker the Malibu Hybrid LT will have as standard amenities the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with seven-inch screen, cruise control, push ignition start, and passive entry system, among others. More details regarding the standard and optional specifications will be released closely to the launch date.