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Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

Maserati Levante Hybrid: the Italian brand’s first hybrid crossover.

Maserati has developed a hybrid version of the Levante crossover, unveiling it to the public at the April 2021 Shanghai Motor Show.

Outside, the novelty can be recognized by a number of blue components, indicating that this is a hybrid.

In particular, the vents on the front fenders, brake calipers and the nameplate on the rear roof pillars are painted in this color.

Plus, the Italians have developed a special body color for the hybrid. This is the metallic «Azzurro Astro» that can be seen in the published images.

Customers will be able to order this shade using the proprietary Maserati Fuoriserie customization program.

As for the interior, the seats here have contrasting blue stitching, and from the equipment it is worth noting a fresh version of the Maserati Connect multimedia system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, which has a frameless design and pleases the eye with a high-resolution picture.

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

The complex works on Android and remains always on, which allows motorists to remotely receive information about their car using the Maserati Connect App or a virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa or Google Assist).

The new Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021-2022 is the Italian brand’s first gasoline-electric SUV. It is driven by a 2.0-liter turbo four, aided by a 48-volt starter-generator.

The motor works in tandem with an eight-speed automatic. The total output of the installation reaches 330 hp. (450 Nm).

It is reported that the all-wheel drive hybrid crossover is slightly lighter than the standard petrol and diesel versions of the model: it weighs 2,090 kg.

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

Plus, the modification boasts a better weight distribution along the axles, which was achieved by placing the battery in the rear of the car.

The hybrid Levante copes with acceleration from zero to hundreds in 6.0 seconds and is capable of speeds in excess of 240 km / h.

According to the Italians, in motion, the electrified crossover sounds like a Maserati model. The timing of the appearance of the novelty on the market and its prices have not yet been advertised.

The Maserati Levante crossover has a hybrid version.

Maserati’s first plug-in hybrid was the Ghibli sedan last summer and has now been followed up.

Electrification affected the Maserati Levante crossover, and the live premiere of the new modification took place at the Shanghai Motor Show, although Europe will still be the first market for it — orders are already open there.

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

In the Old World, the Levante Hybrid is positioned as an alternative to diesel versions, which are still in service, but will soon leave the range.

The Levante Hybrid’s powertrain is exactly the same as the Ghibli sedan, and the electrical part is quite modest.

Under the hood is a 2.0 petrol turbo four, known from the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models, but modified for the needs of Maserati.

In addition to the turbocharger, it has an electrically charged eBooster as well as a belt-driven starter generator, both of which are powered by a 48-volt mains supply. The peak output of the power plant is 330 hp. and 450 Nm.

The transmission has an eight-speed automatic transmission, standard for Levante, but if the hybrid sedan has rear-wheel drive, then the crossover has four driving wheels, and even a self-locking rear differential.

A compact lithium-ion battery is installed in the rear overhang for better weight distribution, but this did not affect the volume of the trunk (580 liters).

Maserati Levante Hybrid 2021.

The four-cylinder hybrid is noticeably lighter than the versions with the V6 3.0 diesel engine (275 hp, 600 Nm): the curb weight is 2090 kg versus 2205 kg.

It also wins in dynamics: acceleration to «hundreds» takes 6.0 s versus 6.9 s, top speed — «more than 240 km / h» instead of 230 km / h.

The passport fuel consumption has not yet been published. But a specially tuned exhaust system is promised, the sound of which is close to the voice of the V6 engine.

Visually, the hybrid differs only in its unobtrusive blue decor. Alas, the Maserati Levante crossover has not yet received a full-fledged restyling (a small modernization took place in 2020), although it has already started its sixth year.

Benzoelectric cars will go on sale in the summer, but they are unlikely to get to Russia.

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