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.