The Maserati Levante is an Italian member of the niche and expensive ‘luxury crossover SUV’ club. Coming onto the scene back in 2016, the Levante became Maserati’s answer to the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and Jaguar F-Pace. Produced at the brand’s Turin plant in Italy, the Levante shares its platform with the Ghibli and Quattroporte. Following the Ghibli, this is Maserati’s second hybrid model. According to the luxury marque, the Levante Hybrid will go on sale during the second half of this year. While the Maserati Levante Hybrid would be making its way to India, a fixed date hasn’t been announced yet. The unveiling took place at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show.
Obviously, the biggest takeaway when it comes to this particular Levante is its hybrid powertrain. You see, the standard variants of the Maserati Levante come with three engine options – including a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. There is also a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel Levante on sale in some countries. Being Maserati’s first electrified SUV, the Levante Hybrid uses the same hybridized powertrain found in the outgoing Ghibli Hybrid. The unit in question is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that has been paired to a 48-volt belt-driven starter generator. Clearly, this is not a full-blown hybrid system as seen in some Lexus or Porsche vehicles. Even though it is a mild-hybrid system, the Levante Hybrid packs 325hp and 450Nm of torque.
While those figures may not sound like much, Maserati claims the Levante Hybrid is lighter than standard petrol or diesel variants. Moreover, it is also faster than the diesel-fueled Levante by quite some margin. Zero to 100 kmph in the Hybrid comes up in 6 seconds dead, while the top speed is 240 kmph. Helping matters is the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox and an adept all-wheel-drive system. And because the small battery pack is placed low and at the rear of the car, Maserati has managed to keep the Levante Hybrid’s center of gravity low without compromising much on the boot space. Since it weighs less than the petrol or diesel V6 Levante, the Hybrid variant is just as much fun around the corners as it is at going in a straight line.
The Levante Hybrid is available with an exclusive Azzurro Astro exterior shade, which looks like frosted blue from some angles. Furthermore, customers can always pay extra for some more personalization via the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program. To go along with the new color scheme, Maserati has painted the brake calipers of the Levante Hybrid in blue as well.
Meanwhile, there is even more blue detailing on the outside, including on the brand’s trademark tri air vents on the sides and the Trident logo on the C-pillar. This fascination with blue permeates to the cabin of the Levante Hybrid as well. There are blue stitches not only on the sports leather seats but also on every leather-covered surface in the interior.
The cabin of the Levante Hybrid doesn’t just look nice and sporty, it also gets modern technology. For example, the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with the Maserati Connect feature. This not only ropes in Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, but it also supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Moreover, Maserati Connect can be used to sync the vehicle’s on-board reminders & alerts to a user’s smartphone or smartwatch. This way, customers will know when their car’s service or maintenance is due.
In short, the Maserati Levante Hybrid is a pretty fast, fun, and feature-packed luxury performance SUV, and quite a rare one at that. Maserati will likely bring the Levante Hybrid to India, but possibly not before the end of 2021. However, the Ghibli Hybrid is already on sale for Rs 1.15 Crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).