Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid leads segment in efficiency
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid with a combined 5.1L/100 km has a claimed best in segment fuel economy rating.
Chevrolet claims the 2016 Malibu Hybrid offers a segment-best combined fuel consumption rating of 5.1 L/100km.
It leverages drive system components and software from the plug-in Chevrolet Volt to provide all-electric propulsion in some driving scenarios, along with power to assist the gas engine.
Additional technologies contribute to fuel consumption ratings of 5.0L/100km city and 5.1L/100km highway. No other 2016 midsize sedan hybrid offers a better fuel consumption rating in city driving.
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The 2016 Malibu Hybrid starts at $28,850, plus a destination freight charge of $1,650) and is based on the LT trim.
It shares many of its attributes with the entire Malibu lineup, which was redesigned for 2016 and features a longer wheelbase for greater comfort. It is also nearly 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor for improved driving feel and greater fuel efficiency.
The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is driven by a new, direct-injected 1.8L engine mated to a two-motor drive unit. The drive unit is based on the one used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, for 182 horsepower (136 kW) of total system power.
The engine also features Chevrolet’s first application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery, or EGHR, technology, which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin.
EGHR improves engine warm-up and helps offer consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather. Additional fuel economy benefits come from Exhaust Gas Recirculation, or EGR.
An 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the hybrid system. It can power the Malibu Hybrid up to 85 kilometres per hour (53 mph) on electricity alone.
The gasoline-powered engine automatically comes on at higher speeds and high loads to provide additional power.
In addition to the drive unit, the Malibu Hybrid also shares the 2016 Volt’s blended regenerative braking system, which provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking to be stored in the battery system to help maintain charge.