Chevrolet is pulling out all the stops, and creating a full-blown hybrid Malibu.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is about to go on sale, and it’s making some big waves in the hybrid market.
The car will retail for $28,645, plus $875 as a destination charge when it goes on sale next year, according to a Tech Times report.
It will go head to head against some stiff competition, including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Hyundai Sonata — a fierce, dog-eat-dog market indeed.
This Malibu model isn’t like the ones before it. Chevrolet has completely redesigned its signature car, so the 2016 version is going to be unlike any Malibu you’ve ever seen.
It’ll also be the first time a gas and electric car has been made for this class of vehicle, and Chevy is betting big on this venture to make some waves in the hybrid market.
Mild hybrid versions of the Malibu have been released before, but this marks the first time Chevy is taking the bold step of making it a full gas and electric vehicle. That will be very different from previous models, which relied on regenerative braking and a relatively tiny electric motor, while the gas did most of the work.
But now, Chevrolet is pulling out all the stops, and creating a full-blown hybrid Malibu that is built to improve fuel economy, aiming for a whopping 48 miles per gallon.
Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers, said in a statement that the Malibu “leverages knowledge and technology directly from the second-generation Chevrolet Volt,” adding that the company is “broadening our level of expertise and lessons learned to bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”