The Maserati Levante Hybrid has been unveiled to the world in both virtual and physical events. In a double act global premiere, the Levante Hybrid was introduced in physical form at the Shanghai Auto Show (21 – 28 April 2021), as well as in a virtual launch for the rest of the world.
The Levante Hybrid is the trident brand’s first electrified SUV, subsequent to its Ghibli Hybrid launched last year as part of an electrification effort of its product range. The Levante Hybrid is touted to be faster, yet with a more sustainable in terms of emissions and fuel consumption.
Maserati is innovative by nature, and with Levante, it pursues the philosophy behind its entry into the world of electrification: the aim of improving performance while staying true to the brand’s values, delivering speed and agility while saving fuel and reinforcing the Trident’s dedication to driving pleasure and luxury.
Even as a hybrid, the Levante retains the distinctive roar of a Maserati. The Levante Hybrid combines the 4-cylinder, 2.0L turbo engine with a 48V hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. This hybrid SUV weighs less than the 6-cylinder engine equivalent (both diesel and gasoline), and above all has an even better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity, and optimally balancing the mass of the vehicle. This results in an SUV that is even more agile and fun to drive.
The powertrain produces a maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm from just 2,250 rpm, sent via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance data of the Levante Hybrid, only available with all-wheel drive, is impressive i.e. acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds, and a top speed of 240 km/h. In addition, braking from 100 km/h to 0 takes about 36 metres. There is no official WLTP fuel consumption figures yet as it is still pending certification.
The Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the Brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.
Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car’s immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used on the Maserati Ghibli Hybrid. The blue is seen on the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the C-pillar logo. The same blue shade reappears inside the car, specifically on the embroidered seams of the seats.
Additionally, Levante Hybrid boasts connectivity courtesy of the new Maserati Connect programme. Having your Maserati connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car’s health. Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, thereby improving the customer care experience. With a smartphone or smart watch, drivers can stay in contact with their car via the Maserati Connect App; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa & Google Assist). However, this feature is not yet available in all markets.