The closest competitor that Chevrolet had to the hybrid offerings of the midsize sedan segment was the 2013 Malibu Eco. Unfortunately for Chevy, the take rate was so low that the BAS eAssist sedan was discontinued after one model year. Not the proudest moment for the Malibu name plate, which has been around for a few decades now.
Luckily, it appears that Chevrolet has learned from the recent past, and today, have shed some light on the upcoming all-new 2016 Malibu Hybrid. Here’s what you need to know:
- The promise of well above 45 miles per gallon combined from the all-new powertrain, though final numbers will be announced April 1 during the 2015 New York Auto Show. That’s better than three of the Malibu’s major competitors; the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Currently, the Honda Accord Hybrid is the segment leader with a very impressive 47 combined mpg.
- The powertrain features an all-new direct-injected 1.8L 4-cylinder Ecotec engine mated to a two-motor drive unit slightly modified from the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt drive unit. The unit provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, good for 182 horsepower (136 kW). However, despite the 2016 Malibu Hybrid borrowing 2016 Volt technology, the upcoming family sedan is not a plug-in, and the engine doesn’t act as a generator. It’s very much a traditional hybrid. The battery cell is comprised of 80 lithium-ion cells, making 1.5 kWh of power, and is capable of propelling the 2016 Malibu up to 55 mph on electricity alone.
- Along with a regenerative braking system, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will debut an Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery system. EGHR takes exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin, which improves warm-up times and can help keep fuel economy more consistent in the cold months.
So, with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, not only will you be able to control and spy on other drivers with the new Teen Driver Mode, but you’ll be able to make sure they have outstanding fuel efficiency while they’re being monitored.