Hold onto your life preservers, Chevy fans, because the automaker is about to dive right into the aggressive midsize hybrid market with a car that’s sure to make a big splash. Chevrolet just announced bold plans to wade into the fray in 2016 on the back of a new Malibu hybrid. It’s due to hit the showroom floor in spring of 2016, and we can’t wait for it to arrive at our Waterville, Maine Chevy dealership!
Yes, Chevy is in the process of building a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, one with an all-new direct-injection powerplant, and the folks in charge are confident that the vehicle will do just fine despite stiff competition from other brands. That’s because the sedan is expected to deliver excellent fuel economy thanks to that new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The Malibu is being developed to offer more than 45 combined mpg, so there’s no denying that Chevrolet is building it to be a real contender in the miles-per-gallon arena.
Even the Malibu’s battery will be new. A 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack powers the new hybrid forward at up to 55 mph on just electricity; when additional speed or power is required, the gas engine joins in. Plus, the new sedan will integrate a two-motor drive unit modified from the one within the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. This, according to General Motors Co., improves the Malibu’s acceleration and allows for up to 182 horsepower. All told, Chevy is making the 2016 Malibu a very competitive member of the hybrid segment and an enticing choice for car shoppers everywhere.
Keep an eye out for the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu this spring. Make sure you take it for a test-drive once it’s available at Central Maine Chevrolet Buick so you can see what it can do out on the road!