According to the latest rumor, the Levante is not only Maserati’s first ever SUV, but it’s also the first vehicle from the Italian brand that will adopt electrification with the upcoming introduction of a PHEV powertrain.
According to a recent report, citing the company’s CEO, Harald Wester, the Levante will be updated in the near future with a plug-in hybrid version – and the technology is already readily available, because it will be borrowed from an electrified member of the FCA group – the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Maserati estimates no more than 10 percent of buyers will go green so bringing to the table a completely new powertrain wasn’t economically viable.
According to the automaker’s executive for overseas markets, Umberto Cini, the decision will not soften the electrified Levante and the plug-in hybrid SUV will retain the Maserati driving pleasure from enthusiasts. The Levante will be the first, but it seems not the last to become greener, as in the near future the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans will also allegedly incorporate the PHEV powertrain. By the way, Maserati is also reportedly developing a more hardcore GTS Levante, packing the well-known Ferrari-built biturbo 3.8-liter V8 engine also seen inside the Quattroporte GTS where it has 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 524 pound-feet (710 Newton-meters).