The Maserati Levante Hybrid gets a 4-cylinder engine with a 48V hybrid system
Maserati has taken the veils off their first-ever electrified SUV, the Levante Hybrid. With the hybrid powertrain in place, the Levante has become ‘greener’ and faster and even more unique than before. It is definitely faster than the diesel, and even more sustainable than diesel or a petrol version of the SUV. The Maserati hybrid SUV is much in keeping with the manufacturer’s vision for an electrified future and follows the launch of the Ghibli hybrid earlier this year.
The Levante Hybrid comes powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a 48V hybrid system incorporated into it. The powerplant weighs much less than the 6-cylinder mills of the previous car, even while providing better performance. The SUV has on offer 330 horses and 450 Newton meters. An 8-speed automatic box from ZF continues to take care of the transmission duties on the hybrid as well. The Levante Hybrid employs an AWD system with a slip self-locking mechanical rear differential and does the 0-100 sprint in just 6 seconds. The top speed of the SUV is a good 240km/h.
Maserati Hybrid SUV also claims to have improved road manners as well, as the battery sits quite comfortably at the rear, rendering a more even weight distribution to the vehicle. No, this doesn’t mean it eats into the boot space. The Levante hybrid still has a very usable boot.
In terms of design, the Levante hybrid does not deviate much from the Levante we are familiar with. There is, however, a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro on offer, by the Brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie. Both the exterior and the cabin have blue accents/ elements, signifying the electric genes, something we had previously seen on the Ghibli hybrid. The SUV also offers the new-age connectivity system, Maserati Connect, to keep a keen eye on the car at all times.
Mumbai-based Petal Maserati is the official retail partner for Maserati in India. The current portfolio of the trident here consists of the Quattroporte, Ghibli, Levante and Trofeo Collection. Bookings for the newly launched MC20 are also open.