Earlier this year we heard Maserati was to introduce a hybrid variant of every single one of its vehicles by the year 2020. That means hybrid versions of the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans are on the way, along with a hybrid version of the recently unveiled Levante SUV.
While it’s not news that a hybrid Levante is on the way, Gas2 dug up some interesting information on the electric drive system that will partially power the SUV. Maserati CEO said the expenses involved with developing their own hybrid system would be “suicidal,” for the brand, so they’ve turned to parent company Fiat Chrysler for help.
The hybrid system in the Levante will be based on the 16 kWh system to be found in the upcoming Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. In the Pacifica the system provides up to 30 miles of electric range, however it’s possible it could be modified to provide more range and performance in the Levante.
The Levante hybrid won’t be the only plug-in from Chrysler to use the Pacifica’s 16 kWh battery pack and electric motor. FCA is planning on introducing a huge amount of hybrids between now and 2020 and it doesn’t have the money to produce a new hybrid system for each brand, so you can bet they’ll be powered by the same battery/motor combination as the Pacifica Hybrid.
To those familiar with the costs associated with developing hybrid and electric vehicles, it should come as no surprise that FCA is attempting to cut costs and spread the technology out across its entire portfolio. R&D expenses such as these are what forced FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne to call for more consolidation within the industry, and the costs of such endeavors is only going up.