The Maserati Levante Hybrid has been presented to the world in both a physical and digital World Premiere event. The Shanghai Auto Show was chosen for its live presentation, and, for the rest of the world, there was a virtual launch event on the brand’s website.
With the Brand’s first electrified SUV, Maserati takes a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.
The Levante Hybrid combines the 4 cylinder, 2 litre engine with a 48 volt Hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. The hybrid car weighs less than the 6 cylinder engine equivalent (both diesel and gasoline), and above all has a better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity and optimally balancing the masses of the vehicle.
Thanks to a maximum power output of 325 bhp and torque of 332 ft lb delivered from 2,250 rpm, the new Levante Hybrid, only available with all-wheel drive, achieves a top speed of over 149 mph and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6 seconds.
In terms of appearance, the Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the Brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.
Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car’s immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used by Maserati on Ghibli Hybrid.
On the exterior, blue characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the C-pillar logo. The same blue shade reappears inside the car, specifically on the embroidered seams of the seats.
The Levante Hybrid is connected, thanks to the new Maserati Connect programme. Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due. With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can stay in contact with their car via the Maserati Connect App; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa & Google Assist).
Special guests at the digital premiere of Levante Hybrid were David Beckham, the new Maserati Brand Global Ambassador, and Dardust, with an exclusive soundtrack.