The New Maserati Levante Hybrid

Opposites attract at the World Premiere of Maserati’s first hybrid SUV – both at the Shanghai Auto Show and virtually at 

The new Maserati Levante Hybrid has been presented to the world in both a physical and digital World Premiere event. 

The dual nature of the hybrid was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show for its live presentation, and, for the rest of the world, in a virtual launch event on the brand’s website

With its first electrified SUV, Maserati takes a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.

“Faster. Greener. Unique” is the brand’s slogan for the Levante Hybrid – as in faster than a diesel, more sustainable than diesel or gasoline, and unique in its specific characteristics.

The Maserati SUV, which has already made an impact in the history of the luxury Italian manufacturer with its record-breaking figures, now presses ahead into a future in which all new Trident models will be electrified.

Maserati is innovative by nature, and with Levante it pursues the philosophy behind its entry into the world of electrification – the aim of improving performance while staying true to the brand’s values; delivering speed and agility while saving fuel; and reinforcing the Trident’s dedication to driving pleasure and luxury. The result is a hybrid SUV that retains the distinctive roar of every Maserati.

The SUV combines a four-cylinder, two-litre engine with a 48-volt hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. 

The car weighs less than the six-cylinder engine equivalent (both diesel and gasoline), and above all has an even better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity and optimally balancing the masses of the vehicle. It’s all designed to make Levante Hybrid even more agile and fun to drive. 

Thanks to a maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 2,250 rpm, the performance data of the new car, which is only available with all-wheel drive, is impressive: A top speed of over 240 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. 

In terms of appearance, the Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.

Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car’s immediately recognisable design. Some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used by Maserati on Ghibli Hybrid. On the exterior, blue is used on the three iconic 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. 

The Levante Hybrid is also connected, thanks to the new Maserati Connect programme. Having your Maserati connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car’s health, and Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care communication. 

With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can stay in contact with their car via the Maserati Connect App; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa and Google Assist).

Special guests at the digital premiere of the Levante Hybrid, which can still be viewed on the website, were former football star David Beckham, who is the new Maserati Brand Global Ambassador, and Italian musician Dardust with an exclusive soundtrack.