In today’s world, hybrid, plug-ins and EVs are not only trendy as they’re also highly vital. Due to the demand of the market, automakers are forced to adapt to the new norm, turning their cars into electric vehicles. In fact, even hypercars nowadays are becoming a hybrid, just like the Porsche Panamera in Turbo S E-Hybrid. However, some automakers such as Fiat Chrysler are a little behind in this department, which means that they have got to step up their game.
Having said that, there have been a lot of firsts for Maserati lately, from their very first SUV that is the Levante, and now they are going to make use of hybrid technology for that same model, featuring a charging port. Since this is going to be the company’s very first hybrid car, you might be wondering where they got the technology from. To answer your question, it’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, another member of the FCA Group, that will lend its PHEV technology to the Italian SUV.
Maserati’s estimate indicates that less than 10 percent of their SUV market will probably choose the eco-friendly version. Therefore, it is impractical for them to develop and build the technology from scratch, which is why they decided to just work with Chrysler Pacifica’s technology, to save them time and money. Instead of going through all the work, Maserati just needs to adapt Pacifica’s hardware to the new application.
To Maserati enthusiasts, do not panic if you’re thinking that the company will compromise performance for the hybrid model. Umberto Cini, the automaker’s boss for overseas markets, promises that the plug-in hybrid SUV will still feel like a true Maserati. He even added that the PHEV system is already in the works for the model, and that the pleasure generated from driving a Maserati will not be compromised.
The Levante will be the first ever Maserati to have this treatment. Do not be surprised if other models, like the Ghibli and the Quattroporte sedans, will be given a hybrid version in the next few years.
Furthermore, the plug-in hybrid isn’t the only version that will be given to the Levante. Rumours suggest that the company is planning to develop a range-topping GTS as well. If this is true, we can expect the SUV to have a 523 horsepower Ferrari-built biturbo 3.8 liter V8 engine just like that of the Quattroporte GTS.
Well, if things turn out well for Maserati, then Levante buyers will be getting a lot more options of the Levante - from eco-friendly to performance versions. And as Maserati learns from this, let us hope for more desirable models such as more versions of the Alfieri.