Maserati, Stellantis’ premium automaker, revealed the hybrid version of its Levante large sports utility vehicle (SUV) on Monday, giving a new look to its range as part of a turnaround effort.
Available from this summer, Maserati’s first hybrid SUV will be based on a mild-hybrid technology, which provides some electric assistance to a conventional engine.
“A plug-in hybrid platform would have added too much weight to the car, jeopardizing performance,” said Francesco Tonon, the Maserati Head of product development, in a web presentation.
Combining a 4 cylinder, 2-litre engine with a 48-volt hybrid system, the model reaches a top speed of over 240 kilometres per hour.
Maserati has said it will offer hybrid or wholly electric versions of its new models, and its whole range will be electrified by 2025.
The automaker already offers a hybrid version of its Ghibli sedan, while its new Grecale SUV, expected in the second half of this year, is set to be available as well as a hybrid.
Maserati’s first full-electric vehicle is expected by 2022 with the introduction of the new Gran Turismo. It will be followed by scheduled releases of electric versions of the new Gran Cabrio and MC20 supercar.