The Levante Hybrid SUV shares its powerplant with the Ghibli Hybrid that was unveiled last year. Maserati claims that the rear-mounted battery pack allows for better weight distribution without compromising on boot capacity
Last year, Maserati announced that all their future products will either be hybrid or electric. In line with their plans, the company brought in its first-ever hybrid vehicle in the form of the 2021 Ghibli. Now, the Italian carmaker has pulled the wraps off the Levante Hybrid.
Just like the Ghibli, the Levante Hybrid too will come powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that is good for 325bhp and 450Nm. Unlike the Ghibli, however, the Levante is all-wheel drive. The engine works in union with a 48V hybrid system that recovers energy during deceleration and braking. According to the company’s claims, the Levante Hybrid crosses the 100km/h mark from standstill in just 6 seconds. Top speed stands at 240km/h.
With the battery fitted towards the rear, Maserati claims that the Levante flaunts better weight distribution – something that should improve the overall handling capabilities.
Aside from the changes to the powertrain, the Levante also gets some subtle changes to the exterior design. The headlights have been updated and the air dam at the bottom now has silver highlights on the inside. Additionally, there’s a new silver element on the bumper just below the circular fog lamps. Much of the rear also remains the same with the exception of the reprofiled LED taillights. On the inside, the dashboard remains the same but the 2021 Levante does get a better infotainment screen and a longer list of features including connected tech.
Maserati brought the Ghibli Hybrid to India in seven months after its global unveiling. With that in mind, expect the Italian marquee to launch the Levante Hybrid in India by the end of 2021 or early 2022. Internationally, Maserati had also announced the unveiling of the fully-electric GranTurismo and GranCabrio models this year.