Remember, that was just a few months ago. Maserati was then talked about by revealing its very first hybrid, which was then no other than a Ghibli, revised and corrected to afford a 48 volts system. Admittedly, this does not really resemble a revolution, but the fact remains that this small evolution should allow the sedan to better seduce customers, and above all, to remain in the catalog for a few more years, while environmental standards are as for them more and more strict. So it made sense for the rest of the lineup to get down to it. So here is Maserati taking advantage of the shanghai show, which has just opened its doors, to lift the veil on a second model equipped with this technology, the Levante. this too has met with great success, despite a sharp drop in sales last year due to the health crisis, to the tune of -30% across Europe. It was therefore necessary that the brand act, in order to revive the interest around its bestseller.
It is therefore done with this new version, which does not yet go to theplug-in hybrid, engine that the SUV will have to adopt one day if it wishes to survive a few more years. Anyway, the result is quite successful for this new version, which no doubt paves the way for other greener versions. Finally, blue rather, color of electrification for the brand. And it shows on this new Levante, which is adorned with a very beautiful Azzurro Astro body, a very successful three-layer dark shade. Blue details are also scattered here and there, in particular at the level of the brake calipers as the gills on the front fenders. The rest remains unchanged, just like the interior, which remains faithful to what we already know well. Here again, customers will enjoy exclusive blue stitching, while thetouch screen 10.1 inch version gains new features.
Engine already known
But the most interesting is hidden under the hood of this Maserati Levante hybrid, which then quite logically takes up the four-cylinder petrol 2.0-liter turbo already installed on the hybrid Ghibli. This then develops the trifle of 330 horsepower for a torque of 450 Nm, while it allows the large SUV to achieve 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.9 seconds, for a top speed of 240 km / h. h. A starter-alternator 48 volts is also grafted to all that, associated with an electric compressor and a small battery located at the rear. The aim is then to offer a little assistance when starting and accelerating, in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. However, these remain high, while the penalty is still set at € 30,000, the SUV then rejecting between 231 and 252 g / km depending on the finish.
Ultimately, this new version should replace the V6, while plug-in hybrid variants could arrive later. The launch date as well as the price are not yet known, but we should know a little more by the end of the year.
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