The Maserati Levante Hybrid is the Italian marque’s first electrified SUV and is a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.

Levante Hybrid combines the four-cylinder, 2.0-litre engine with a 48-volt hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking.

Interestingly, the hybrid Levante weighs less than the six-cylinder engine equivalents, diesel and petrol. It has better weight distribution than these models since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity and optimally balancing the masses of the vehicle.

Maximum power output is 330hp and torque of 450Nm delivered, the latter from just 2,250rpm. Levante Hybrid is only offered with all-wheel drive and has a zero to 100 km/h time of 6.0 seconds.

The Levante Hybrid launch version has a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the Brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.

Exterior and interior details contribute to this Hybrid’s design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used by Maserati on Ghibli Hybrid.

On the exterior, blue characterises the three side air ducts, the brake calipers and the C-pillar logo. The same blue shade reappears inside the car, specifically on the embroidered seams of the seats.

Special guests at the digital premiere of Levante Hybrid in Shanghai Auto Show were David Beckham, the new Maserati Brand Global Ambassador, and Dardust, with an exclusive soundtrack.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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