Chevrolet just announced the official pricing information for the anticipated 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. The Malibu Hybrid LT enters the market with a sticker price of $28,645, including destination.
2016 Chevrolet Malibu buyers must fork over an additional $6,145 for the Hybrid, with the base Malibu coming in at $22,500, including destination. This extra cost isn’t just for the hybridized powertrain, as the Malibu Hybrid comes equipped standard with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with its 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and a rear-view camera.
Based on the powertrain and hybrid system of the all-new, redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter I-4 mated to two electric motors, to provide a combined output of 182 hp. The pair of electric motors is able to independently power the Malibu up to 55 mph, with the gasoline engine kicking in at higher speeds or under hard acceleration.
A 1.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides the juice, and stores power that can be sourced from regenerative braking.
With the new conventional hybrid drivetrain, the new Malibu is a departure for GM away from previous Chevrolet and Buick hybrid “E-Assist” sedans, which were unable to fully move the car under electric-only power. For the first time, the Malibu Hyrbid will take on other midsize hybrids in earnest. With its added electric power, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is rated for 48 city, 45 highway mpg, with a combined rating of 47 mpg. This puts it ahead of its direct competitors, including the Ford Fusion (42 mpg), Toyota Camry (41 mpg), and Hyundai Sonata (38 mpg) hybrids.
The redesigned Malibu is a large leap forward for Chevrolet. When we drove the Malibu earlier this month, we found the car to be a strong contender for the popular segment, and were very impressed with the Malibu’s design, standard features, and overall refinement.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will hit dealer lots in spring of next year.