Maserati has taken the next step towards electrification with the unveiling of the Levante Hybrid, which follows the Ghibli sedan in adopting 48V mild hybrid functionality for improved efficiency.
On sale later this year, the new Levante variant pairs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a belt-integrated starter-generator, which recovers energy during braking and deceleration to charge a battery. mounted on the trunk.
This in turn powers an electric ‘eBooster’ motor to provide a slight increase in power under acceleration and at low revs.
Despite an 18% reduction in emissions (to 231-252 g / km) compared to the non-electrified gasoline V6, the all-wheel-drive hybrid offers comparable outputs of 325 hp and 332 lb-ft, which makes it pass from 0 to 62 mph in six seconds, and at a top speed of 149 mph.
The new powertrain also weighs less than the V6 and offers better weight distribution – thanks to the rear-mounted battery, so the hybrid is “even more agile and fun to drive,” according to the firm.
It is said that a traditional Maserati “growl” is still emitted, without the use of amplifiers. “Anyone aboard a Maserati hybrid has yet to hear the incomparable roar of a Maserati engine,” the company said, suggesting similar treatment for all future electrified – and possibly electric – models.
As with the Ghibli, the hybrid is marked by subtle blue details – namely the signature three side air vents, brake calipers and the side logo. The theme continues inside, where the seats are sewn in blue and a new logo is introduced for the infotainment system.
The Levante Hybrid comes in a new premium GT trim, which brings chrome details for the front bumper and grille, bespoke badges and premium interior materials.
The hybrid and GT versions of the Levante arrive as part of a mid-life refresh for the entire SUV lineup, four years after it went on sale. Changes for 2021 include redesigned taillights, a new grille design, a higher-resolution infotainment display, and a range of new driver assistance and connectivity services.
Updated pricing and specifications for the Levante lineup – including new hybrids and GTs – will be revealed closer to the car’s arrival at dealerships.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-19 08:11:25