Chevy is just now launching its all-new 2016 Malibu, which by the way is in the running for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award. Now, we’re getting more details about the hybrid LT model. It’s priced at $28,645 and due out next spring.
The hybrid features an all-new direct-injection Ecotec 1.8-liter hybrid optimized engine that is paired to the two-motor electric drive system. This system is a slightly modified system of the one in the new Volt. GM estimates it gets 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. Official estimates are still pending.
“The Malibu leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt. By leveraging technology, we are broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid,” says Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.
The Hybrid will only come in the Malibu LT trim. Like the regular Malibu, the Hybrid LT version will come with Chevrolet’s MyLink Radio system with a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. This system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features include 10 airbags, cruise control, push-button start with passive entry, and rear vision camera. The LT trim also comes standard with LED daytime running lamps and 8-way power driving seats.
In the safety department, both Malibu’s offer Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking. For parents who want to keep tabs on their teens driving habits, there is also the Chevrolet Teen Driver system. This system uses a click it or cruise in silence system in that mutes the audio, and any other paired devices, if occupants forget to buckle up. It also allows parents to check up on their teen’s driving by giving them info on how they drove the vehicle.
The 2016 Malibu started shipping earlier this week. It’s the ninth-generation of Chevy’s popular sedan. The all-new model sheds 300 pounds off its predecessor. It’s the lightest in its class with a curb weight of 3,100 pounds. It’s also longer and leaner, adding 4-inches of legroom.
The regular gasoline 2016 Malibu LT starts at $25,895 and gets a GM estimated 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway miles, when equipped with the Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with stop/start.