General Motors started the production of the Chevrolet Malibu back in 1964. This model started it’s career as a trim level of Chevrolet Chevelle, becoming its only model line in 1978. Original idea was to fit the RWD to this model and to make it a standard, but General Motors revived the Malibu model as a FWD in 1997 completely dumping the idea of RWD.
This model is in its Eight generation, slowly speeding up to the Ninth generation. Actually 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid is the prime suspect for a ninth generation starting car.
The last generation of this vehicle hasn’t really been a good representative for a Hybrid generation. Actually it was a failure, when we take in consideration that it had a fuel consumption on the level of a standard sedan. It wasn’t exactly a contender for the Environmental Prize.
For 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, company finally saw fit to completely redesign the engine into the hybrid gas-electric variation.
2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Exterior
The 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid exterior is highly influenced by the newest Impala model. That is not a bad thing, since it is a good looking car. Starting from its proportions, Malibu adopts the four door coupe design, swept roof line (as it is found on Ford Fusion) and mixes it up with a long hood and clipped overhangs.
2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid has a nice and sleek front with redesigned headlights and on the rear new taillights and a bit more crispier bumper lines.
The length of this car is not an accident, Chevrolet stretched the wheelbase by 3.6 inches and left the width the same as on the previous version.
Chevrolet decided to change the design of interior just enough to make some kind of distinction from the previous version. Quality of colors and materials, used for the complete interior, is very poor and dull. Cabin is only suitable for traveling from point A to point B and for nothing else.
Engine and Specs of 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid
2016 Malibu Hybrid draws its experience from the upcoming second generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The architecture is based on all new hybrid system consisted of one 1.8 liter naturally aspired four cylinder direct injection engine that’s noticeable larger than Volt’s 1.5 liter drive train. The 2016 Chevy Malibu’s Hybrid engine is working in a close cooperation with two-motor electric engine that’s similar to the Volt’s.
With those two engines working in harmony, output goes to a total of 182 horsepower.
2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid uses the same technology as Volt, charging the batteries on every braking which is very important for a successful competition with other hybrids.
The Malibu hybrid also uses new Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery system to transfer the thermal energy from exhaust to the cabin heating tubes and to speed up the engine warm-up in cold weather. More info on Edmunds.
Another very smart move (and in the same time very simple thing) from Chevrolet is the use of active grille shutter, slightly lowered ride height and reduced weight to help the fuel efficiency. Expected fuel efficiency is 47 mpg but that information is yet to be confirmed.
2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Release Date and Price
Estimated price for this vehicle is somewhere around 23,300 dollars for the base model and the release date is expected for the spring of 2016.