The Maserati Levante has gone hybrid

It gets a new 48V mild-hybrid system along with a new grille
by Greg Potts | Apr 20, 2021
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This is not the electrified Maserati you’ve been waiting for, sorry. That’d probably be the MC20 EV, which we’re assured will arrive at some point in the next few years. Fingers crossed.

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.

The Maserati Levante Hybrid

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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.

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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 Maserati Levante Hybrid Grille Close Up

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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

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Angled Front View

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid Angled Rear View

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Emblem

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid Tires

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Profile Close Up

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid Tail Light

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Dashboard

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Profile

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid Front View

The Maserati Levante Hybrid Rear View

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The Maserati Levante Hybrid On the Road

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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