2016 Chevrolet Malibu Update Includes 47 MPG Hybrid

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a facelift from the previous model year to offer improved fuel efficiency on a lighter and longer frame. The new hybrid model is expected to offer a combined 47 mpg, GM announced at the New York International Auto Show. Chevy will offer a full-hybrid model of the new 2016 Malibu that goes head to head with hybrid mid-size sedans from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia.

The mid-size sedan sheds 300 pounds from its predecessor, and will also offer an expanded range of safety features.

While the gasoline model has been a steady fleet favorite, the hybrid powertrain may draw new interest with an estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined. The powertrain is based on the 2016 Volt.

Both Malibu models are powered by a new direct-injected 1.8L 4-cylinder Ecotec engine. The Malibu Hybrid adds to a two-motor drive unit that’s been slightly modified from the 2016 Volt drive unit. The hybrid model should produce 182 hp.

Commercial fleets added 7,381 Malibu cars in 2013, while government fleets added 831 units.

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