Conventional Maserati Levante

Conventional Maserati Levante

Maserati is now fully committed to launching a plug-in hybrid Levante SUV.

Conventional Maserati Levante

Conventional Maserati Levante

We just don't know exactly when it'll happen.

However, we do know that it will borrow the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid PHEV minivan, though the Maserati SUV will certainly pack some additional punch.

As Car Advice reports:

"Last year former Maserati CEO, Harald Wester, confirmed that Maserati would develop a plug-in hybrid version of the Levante for overseas market."

"Given it is expected to account for less than 10 per cent of sales, the model will share plug-in hybrid technology with the FCA Group — the new Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid specifically."

It won't drive or feel like a Pacifica van though. According to Maserati boss Umberto Cini, it will drive like your typical Maserati:

“If it will be a Maserati — Maserati means many things. One of these things is the pleasure of driving. If we can deliver with hybrid technology or electric technology the same feeling that you can deliver with the current product range, why not."

“In any case, there will be something already developed in that direction.”

We expect the Levante PHEV to launch within the next year or two, though no date has been officially announced. Maserati adds that it's likely we'll see addition PHEV from the automaker in the coming years. Both the Ghibli and Quattroporte and expected to get an optional plug-in setup in the next few years.

Source: Car Advice