As the Maserati brand is in the process of reinventing itself, we are getting our first peek at the next vehicle to enter the premium brand’s lineup. Maserati teased its upcoming Maserati Levante Hybrid across its social media accounts on Friday. The Levante Hybrid SUV will be the second electrified model from the Italian automaker, following in the footsteps of this year’s Maserati Ghibli Hybrid sedan.
The Maserati Levante Hybrid will feature the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (GME-T4) engine that is found under the hood of many of our favorite Stellantis products, however, for the Levante Hybrid, there is a huge boost in power. The 2.0-liter has been upgraded to a whopping 330 horsepower and 332 ft.-lb. (450 Nm) of torque at just 1,500 rpm.
To electrify the engine, a mild-hybrid system consisting of a 48-volt alternator, an additional electric supercharger (e-Booster), all of which is supported by a battery. The system is very similar to the famed eTorque system found on the Ram 1500 lineup. This allows the mild-hybrid system to exploit kinetic energy the car accumulates when in motion, recovering it and transforming it into electricity during deceleration and braking, and store it in a battery that has been mounted in the rear of the SUV for better weight distribution.
For 2021, the Levante received a mild refresh that included a new front grille with the Maserati signature tuning fork design. As well as a new set of boomerang shape taillights inspired by the 3200 GT using state-of-the-art 3K injection molding technology.
Inside is where we saw some of the biggest changes to the Levante. The Levante received significant updates both in design and technology with the central display and instrument cluster. The Levante’s 8.4-inch display screen has an improved resolution and graphics with a visual effect that makes it look like a single curved screen with the air vents cut into it, enabling vertical reading of the whole display. The name Maserati is also screen-printed on the back of the screen at the bottom of the display, for a three-dimensional effect.
There has also been a sophisticated change to the instrument cluster, which includes a large rev counter and speedometer (still analog but with updated graphics) on either side of a 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display. Much of the plastic from the previous version were eliminated and replaced with real anti-glare flat glass to cover the instruments. All these changes gave the instrument cluster a more high-tech look and generate a richer impression.
We expect the Levante Hybrid to feature the same blue styling elements as the Ghibli, featured in the emblems, side vents, and brake calipers to help make this electrified model stand out.
The Maserati Levante Hybrid will make its official debut on Monday, April 19th, 2021 at 10:00am Central European Summer Time (CEST).