Electrified variants are more and more common these days with a few slated for future release. Not to be left behind, Maserati plans to produce a plug-in hybrid version the Levante, the brand’s first SUV that was launched last year.
The pool of premium SUV buyers is already quite small and Maserati is expecting the PHEV version of their Levante to account for less 10% of sales, so developing a new powertrain for a low volume model doesn’t make sense when there’s already a viable unit. That’s where the Chrysler Pacifica’s technology comes in.
For those who aren’t aware, the Pacifica is a minivan offered with a gas or hybrid powertrain. Some may be skeptical because of this, but the Levante PHEV is still expected to drive like a Maserati and live up to the brand’s reputation. At least that’s what Umberto Cini, the company's chief for overseas markets, claims when speaking with CarAdvice.
"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", Cini said.
In fact, Maserati is already in the process of adapting the Pacfica’s hybrid technology to the Levante platform.