Maserati Levante Hybrid: Thrilling eco alternative to Volvo XC60 or Lexus RX
Maserati turns the Levante SUV into a fast hybrid.
Maserati has shown the world its second mild-hybrid model (the first being the Ghibli Hybrid), and first eco SUV, the Levante Hybrid. In short, it's a hybrid SUV that's as quick as its V6-engined counterpart.
Maserati Levante Hybrid: The specs
Here are the finer details for the Maserati Levante Hybrid:
- 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine. The Maserati Levante Hybrid's electrified engine is pretty punchy. It outputs a maximum of 246kW and 450Nm. That should make the car spirited to drive.
- 48V hybrid system with eBooster and a Belt Starter Generator (BSG). Supplementing the traditional engine is a 48-volt hybrid system. Maserati explains the system claws back otherwise wasted energy under braking. Meanwhile, in addition to the conventional single turbo, an eBooster is fitted to the induction system. It sounds a bit like an electric supercharger, though information on this was scant. In addition, a 48V BSG helps better efficiency. Overall, it should be peppy.
- Acceleration and top speed. For a two-tonne SUV, the Levante Hybrid is no slouch. It'll zip from a standstill to 100km/h in six seconds flat. Maximum speed is given as 240km/h. Underlining the SUV's agility are all-around vented disc brakes. Relaying power from the engine to the drivetrain is an 8-speed automatic gearbox sourced from ZF Transmissions.
- AWD-only. Maserati declared the Levante Hybrid will only sell as an AWD model. At the rear, there's a mechanical Limited Slip Differential (LSD). Undoubtedly, the drivetrain will run in 2WD most of the time to save fuel, only engaging the opposite end as the road surface and driver input demands it.
- Fuel economy. Maserati hasn't confirmed the finalised fuel economy figures, stating that this is dependent on the market the Levante sells in. It's safe to say, it'll record lower fuel-use than the V6 Maserati Levante.
- Hybrid makes it quicker and more sustainable. According to Maserati, the Levante is quicker than a diesel and more sustainable than running on only diesel or petrol.
- Suave interior. You can expect the same-level of interior finish as any other Maserati. It'll no doubt have Maserati Connect, a large infotainment screen and the Maserati Intelligent Assistant for the driver to use.
- Maserati's hybrid paint finish. Distinguishing the car externally from a non-hybrid Levante is a new metallic paint finish called Azzurro Astro. Literally, that translates to Astro Blue. Look closer and the brake callipers and side air ducting are flecked with blue. There's a unique-to-the-hybrid badge on the C-pillar also. A similar treatment is given to the interior, with a smattering of blue-tinted trim pieces. Most notably, the seat stitching.
- Weight distribution. By placing the battery at the rear, Maserati engineers apparently made the hybrid model more balanced and agile to drive. The car has a lower mass than an equivalent V6 version.
Maserati Levante Hybrid Australia launch
You can expect the Maserati Levante Hybrid to hit showrooms in Australia during the latter part of 2021, between October and December. Pricing for Australia will come closer to the release.
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Oh, and for those that care. This fella was at the digital launch, in his role as a Maserati Brand Global Ambassador.