DETROIT -- Chevrolet will offer a hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu sedan that will exceed 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, marking General Motors' first full-hybrid passenger car after finding little success in recent years with light electrification.
The Malibu hybrid will use a new, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine connected to a two-motor drive unit that is a close kin to the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid.
GM says the Malibu hybrid will get more than 45 mpg in combined highway and city driving, better than the base hybrid versions of the 2015 Ford Fusion (42 mpg combined), 2015 Toyota Camry (41 combined mpg) and 2016 Hyundai Sonata (41 mpg combined).
Chevy will introduce the 2016 Malibu next week at the New York auto show, where it will provide more details about the rest of the car's powertrain lineup.
Nonhybrid Malibu models are scheduled to arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter. The hybrid will roll out in spring 2016, GM said.
With a hybrid version of one of its highest-volume nameplates, Chevrolet will show the breadth of its electrification technologies. The second-generation Volt -- now the top-selling plug-in hybrid in the U.S. -- is also due out by year end.
In 2017, Chevy plans to launch the Bolt electric vehicle with an estimated range of 200 miles.