Anyway, this is the new Levante Hybrid—Maserati’s only SUV (for now) with a slightly updated look and the powertrain from the recently unveiled Ghibli Hybrid. That means an Alfa Romeo-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with a 48V mild-hybrid system for 330hp and 450Nm of torque.
There’s no electric motor and only a small battery, with the hybrid system consisting of an eBooster that fills in for the turbo at low revs and a belt starter generator that acts as an alternator. Maserati says the four-cylinder is 24kg lighter than its V6, but that the mild-hybrid assist means it offers the same feel and performance.
Unlike the Ghibli the Levante is four-wheel drive, although 100% of the torque can be sent to the rear wheels, with 50% available up front when needed. The 0-100kph sprint is dispatched in 6.0 seconds flat and there’s a claimed 20% drop in emissions when compared to the V6. Strong. Oh, and Maserati is at pains to point out that the Levante Hybrid doesn’t have any form of artificial sound enhancement.
The mild facelift for 2021 brings with it a new grille, new boomerang rear lights, and a new infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display. There’s also a new GT trim with plenty of chrome, and new Hybrid models will get blue accents and stitching.
What do we think folks?
Photos of the Maserati Levante Hybrid
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.