Maserati Levante Hybrid
Maserati is a brand that conjures thoughts of speed, sharp cornering and the sounds of a powerfully revving engine. Not too long ago, hybrid-engines were thought to be incapable of fitting in with that kind of imagery, but the automaker’s new Levante Hybrid, with its shift in focus toward fuel efficiency, certainly proves otherwise.
This plug-in hybrid is fairly similar to the regular Levante, and while Maserati executives anticipate the it will account for less than 10 percent of it’s aggregate sales, its existence is interestingly pivotal. Should the new version of the Levante prove successful, Maserati will likely continue to build fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles in the years to come.
Macerati Levante Hybrid Details
First announced in March of 2016, the Levante hybrid will use the same plug-in technology as the FCA Group’s Chrysler Pacifica plug-in vehicle. Technology sharing will reduce development costs of the new model as It’s certainly a risk to introduce a hybrid version of an already existing vehicle when your company is known for providing an adrenaline-pumping driving experience.
The Levante Hybrid Will Have The Signature Maserati Feel
The fact that this new Maserati is a hybrid should not scare away those who are looking for a thrilling driving experience. The vehicle will drive just like other Maserati models yet it will conserve much more fuel. While it uses the Pacifica’s powertrain, prospective buyers will be happy to know that the Levante Hybrid shares its platform with Quattroporte and Ghibli. The end result will be a hybrid vehicle that drives more like the uber-popular Maseratis rather than a van.
Levante Hybrid Specs
The Levante’s plug-in powertrain is expected to be similar to the three liter, six-cylinder electronically variable transmission pairing found in the Pacifica hybrid, and be will be tied to Maserati’s V6 engine that currently offers either 350 horses or 430 horses. The electronically variable transmission system functions as the transmission as well as the housing for the Levante Hybrid’s electric motor, and will likely make use of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. The Levante Hybrid just might prove to be the perfect blend of elite performance and fuel efficiency that provides an exhilarating driving experience without sacrificing miles per gallon.
This new hybrid was first announced a year ago, and will likely launch some time in 2017. However, some outlets have reported that the vehicle could be released in 2018 or later. Stay tuned.