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Maserati Levante Hybrid: pictures, specifications and on-sale date

The Maserati Levante hybrid SUV will be available from June 2021

Maserati Levante Hybrid

Maserati has unveiled a hybrid version of its Levante SUV at the 2021 Auto Shanghai motor show. It'll join the Ghibli saloon in the initial batch of Maseratis to adopt hybrid power. 

The Levante Hybrid combines a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 48-volt hybrid system that'll be recharged through braking and deceleration – making it a ‘mild hybrid’. Combined, the Levante Hybrid will produce 325bhp and 450Nm of torque and is only available with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The two-tonne SUV will do 0-62mph in six seconds and has a top speed of 149mph.

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Unlike plug-in hybrid SUVs, like the BMW X5 xDrive45e, Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid or the recently refreshed Bentley Bentayga Hybrid, the Levante Hybrid will not require external charging. Although this setup may be more convenient, mild hybrids like the Levante can’t run on electric power alone like those cars on our list of best plug-in hybrid SUVs.

Maserati explained why it opted for a mild-hybrid powertrain, saying: “Staying true to its DNA, Maserati has chosen a hybrid solution that aims above all to maintain performance at exceptional levels, while also saving fuel.”

Maserati claims the experience of driving the Levante is unchanged by the new hybrid powertrain. It'll supposedly have the same Maserati soundtrack, but with the low-rev torque of the Levante diesel combined with the power output and acceleration of its 345bhp petrol V6 counterpart.

The Levante Hybrid also uses 18% less fuel and produces 15% fewer g/km of CO2 compared to the entry-level petrol V6 version. Thanks to the smaller engine, and having the hybrid system batteries in the rear, not only is weight reduced compared to the six-cylinder models, but weight distribution is also improved. 

The Levante Hybrid will launch in GT trim equipped with air suspension, the Active Drive Assist safety system, a limited-slip differential, and torque vectoring, to distribute torque evenly through the all-wheel drive system when cornering. 

The Sport Pack, which adds black grille, sports seats and 20-inch alloy wheels will be available as an optional extra. The Maserati Levante Hybrid will be available from June 2021, although Maserati has yet to confirm the UK price.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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