Maserati has introduced a hybrid version of the Levante crossover with a power plant already familiar from the Ghibli Hybrid sedan. On the Levante, the 2.0-liter engine paired with a 48-volt starter-generator produces 330 horsepower.
The Levante Hybrid, which debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show, aims to spur interest in the model amid falling demand. In the lineup, the mild hybrid will replace the diesel six-cylinder modification: the electrified Levante gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol turbo engine from Alfa Romeo, a 48-volt belt-driven starter-generator and an e-Booster electric supercharger. This reduced emissions by 20 percent compared to the Levante with a V6 engine, and fuel consumption was reduced by 16 percent.
The claimed acceleration time to 100 kilometers per hour is six seconds, and the maximum speed is limited at around 240 kilometers per hour.
Unlike the Ghibli, the crossover will be available with four-wheel drive: by default, the torque is transmitted to the rear axle, but if necessary, the system transfers up to 50 percent of the torque to the front wheels.
The Levante Hybrid is recognizable by its blue exterior and interior trims, which include the side air intakes, the Maserati emblem on the C-pillars and the brake calipers. Leather with blue stitching is used for the interior.
The list of standard equipment includes air suspension, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and a 7-inch digital instrument panel. European dealers are already taking orders for the hybrid Levante, and the model will go on sale in June.
In Ukraine, a regular Maserati Levante starts at $ 84,700.
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