Last year around this time, Maserati chief engineer Harald Wester revealed the automaker was working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Levante that would use the electric drive system from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The automaker is plugging forward with the hybrid Levante, with Maserati overseas boss Umberto Cini telling Drive.com.au it will offer a performance-inspired driving experience just like any other Maserati.
“If it will be a Maserati — Maserati means many things,” Cini said. “One of these things is the pleasure of driving. If we can deliver with hybrid technology or electric technology the same feeling that you can deliver with the current product range, why not?”
Not much is known about the Levante plug-in, however it’s safe to assume it will pair the 3.0-liter twin-turbochagred V6 engine with the Pacifica’s electronically variable transmission (EVT). The Pacifica’s EVT serves as both the transmission and the housing for the electric motor. Power for the electric drive system comes via a 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack.
The Levante hybrid will have a direct competitor in the way of the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid when it arrives. That vehicle combines a 333 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 95 horsepower electric drive system for a total output of 416 horsepower. The 0-60 mph dash happens in 5.9 seconds and the top speed is 150 mph. We’re expecting the Levante hybrid to offer similar performance specs and a similar all-electric range of 14 miles.