2022 Levante Hybrid joins Ghibli Hybrid in electrified Maserati lineup
Maserati's best-selling vehicle is getting a hybrid variant. The 2022 Maserati Levante Hybrid made its debut in China this week continuing the hybrid story fo the brand that started with the Ghibli Hybrid.
The luxury automaker will be using the tagline "Faster. Greener. Unique." to describe the new SUV, which joins the Levante, Levante GranLusso, Levante GranSport, Levante S. Levante S GranLusso, Levante S GranSport, Levante GTS, and Levante Troefo grade options in the stable.
Designed to adhere to the same standards of performance as current Maserati vehicles, the hybrid SUV retains the distinctive exhaust note of current Trident brand vehicles but adds in more fuel-efficient performance.
The Levante Hybrid's power comes from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood that is paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that allows the SUV to recover energy when decelerating and braking. This power plant allows the car to weigh less than the six-cylinder Levante and allows for better weight distribution, playing into the car's nimble driving dynamics. Its battery is placed in the rear.
Power output maxes out at 330 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Maserati limits the car to just over 149 mph. The Levante Hybrid can get from zero to 62 mph in six seconds.
A special edition of the car, the Levante Hybrid launch edition, features a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro that is available as part of the company's customization program, Maserati Fuoriserie.
The model also gets blue highlighted exterior accents on the side air ducts, brake calipers, and C-pillar logo that are similar to what is on the Ghibli Hybrid. The same blue carries over to the embroidered seams of the seats.
The SUV is available as part of the Maserati Connect program that allows a smartphone app to alert the driver when a service is due and allow them to stay in touch with their car via Amazon Alexa and Google Assist.
Pricing for the Maserati Levante starts around $75,000. The Levante Hybrid is expected to be valued far higher than that MSRP.
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