Maserati Levante Plug-In Hybrid On the Way

Maserati is planning to sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Levante SUV.

Not only that, but there’s confirmation of previous reports that it will share technology with a fellow Fiat Chrysler product – the Pacifica Hybrid.

That’s because Maserati expects sales of the plug-in hybrid version to be low – only about 10 percent of all Levante sales – so it makes more sense for the brand to cut costs by sharing existing technology from another part of the corporate family.

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Fear not, Maserati fans, for company executives promise that the Levante plug-in hybrid will not drive like a minivan.

“If it will be a Maserati — Maserati means many things. One of these things is the pleasure of driving. If we can deliver with hybrid technology or electric technology the same feeling that you can deliver with the current product range, why not,” overseas market chief Umberto Cini told Australian publication Car Advice.

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Of course, the Levante shares platforms with the Ghibli and Quattroporte, so even with the Pacifica powertrain, it should still drive more like those other Maseratis. Those two vehicles could also be candidates for plug-in options, as well.

The plug-in powertrain in the Levante will likely be little changed from the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6/electronically variable transmission pairing currently seen in the Pacifica Hybrid. It will likely also use a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The electronically variable transmission system works both as the transmission and the housing for the electric motor.

Maserati’s Levante plug-in hybrid won’t launch unopposed – the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid will stand as a direct competitor. Like the Levante, it has a 3.0-liter V-6 that pairs with an electric-drive system. It makes 416 total system horsepower and has an all-electric range of about 14 miles – which is about the expected all-electric range of the Levante plug-in.

Car Advice, FCA Authority


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