Maserati Promises Its Plug-in Hybrid SUV Won't Be Boring to Drive

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Maserati believes it can still keep the exciting driving experience intact with the upcoming Levante plug-in hybrid.

The Italian automaker already confirmed last year it is working on a plug-in hybrid version of the Levante, which will likely borrow its powertrain from the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid. Although supercars are turning to electrification to boost performance, the general perception still is that hybrids are boring to drive. Maserati wants to emphasize that just because its Levante is getting electrified, it won’t be boring behind the wheel.

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Speaking to CarAdvice, the automaker’s head of overseas markets said the Levante plug-in hybrid will drive like a Maserati should. “If it will be a Maserati – Maserati means many things. One of these things is the pleasure of driving,” he said. “If we can deliver with hybrid technology or electric technology the same feeling that you can deliver with the current product range, why not.”

He also confirmed the vehicle is in development, and since the Levante shares its platform with the Ghibli and Quattroporte, don’t be surprised if the sedans also get plug-in hybrid options in the future.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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