US: Chevrolet publicizes fuel consumption figures for the 2016 Malibu Hybrid image

The US automaker has recently revealed its 2016 Malibu Hybrid model will be leading in its class in terms of estimated fuel economy ratings.

The reported 2016 Malibu Hybrid class-ruling EPA estimated fuel economy ratings go as follows: 47 miles per gallon city / 46 mpg highway and 46 mpg combined. These figures are actually slightly below the company’s initial estimations – which called for 48 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 47 mpg combined. Still, they are good enough to lead the pack ahead of the Ford Fusion Hybrid (44 mpg city / 41 mpg highway / 42 mpg combined) and Toyota’s Camry Hybrid (43 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 41 mpg combined).

The model is scheduled to hit dealerships very soon and the Malibu Hybrid pricing kicks off at $28,645. The high-tech powertrain borrows cues from the second generation Chevrolet Volt. It uses a hybridized 1.8-liter EcoTec four-cylinder engine, a two-motor electric drive unit, and a 1.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. The internal combustion engine is good for a reported 122 horsepower, while the electric motors are also beefy enough – churning out 73 hp and 101 hp, respectively. The setup brings a combined maximum power of 182 hp – which is about the same as in a Fusion Hybrid – and the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be able to reach speeds of up to 53 miles per hour when travelling solely on electric power.