Set to debut around early 2018 or maybe at the end of 2017 is the Plug-In Maserati Levante Hybrid and it’s going to use the hybrid powertrain from the new Chrysler Pacifica.
Harald Wester, chief technology officer and head of Alfa Romeo, bluntly told Motor Trend why they decided to use an existing powertrain instead of developing their own: “a standalone program would be suicidal so we have to look at FCA”. Also in consideration is a high performance Levante but it will remain an idea for now because it’s just too expensive of a proposal.
Arriving as the first PHEV minivan in the US in the second half of 2016, the Pacifica hybrid engine runs on the Atkinson cycle for improved efficiency and it works alongside two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery under the floor for an expected fuel rating of 80 MPGe and a range of 30 miles on pure electricity.
This PHEV Maserati Levante will join the lineup that includes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with an output of either 345 hp or 424 hp. In Europe they will also be offering a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel but that one won’t make it to North America.