Italian luxury carmaker Maserati, known for its iconic trident badge, recently announced the start of reservations for its electrified Levante GT Hybrid SUV in India. The company also disclosed that the hybrid SUV will make its way to the Indian subcontinent during the second quarter of 2022.
Furthermore, the Italian brand has also confirmed that it will bring its latest mid-engine sports car, the Maserati MC20, to India in Q3 2022 as part of its India growth plan. Both the Maserati Levante GT Hybrid and the MC20 will be brought to Indian shores via the CBU (Completely Built Unit) route and will be available in very limited numbers.
The Levante GT Hybrid is the first electric SUV from the Trident brand and the second model in Maserati’s lineup to feature the hybrid powertrain. The first model in the Maserati lineup to receive the hybrid treatment was the Ghibli Hybrid. The Levant hybrid is a lighter version of its fossil-fuelled six-cylinder petrol and diesel counterparts that benefits from better weight distribution thanks to the rear-mounted battery system. Maserati says the way the hybrid system is packaged gives the SUV optimally balanced mass without compromising the vehicle’s cargo capacity.
This electrified SUV is powered by a heavily reworked Stellantis 2-litre four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt hybrid system that produces a whopping 330PS and 450Nm of torque at 5,750rpm and 2,250rpm respectively. The 2-liter engine is mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox and the SUV comes with a standard all-wheel-drive system. The Levante GT Hybrid can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just six seconds and has a top speed of over 240 km/h, similar to the V6 petrol variant of the model.
As for the exterior, the Levante GT Hybrid features a new three-layer metallic color called Azzurro Astro, available through the brand’s personalization program, Maserati Fuoriserie. Additionally, the SUV features blue side air ducts, brake calipers and a blue logo on the C-pillar to differentiate it from petrol and diesel models.
Besides the Levante GT Hybrid, Maserati will also launch its newest sports car in its portfolio, the MC20, as well as the brand’s yet to be released Grecale SUV in India as part of its new growth plan for the country. . The launch of the MC20, as mentioned earlier, is expected to take place during the third quarter of this year, while the launch dates for Grecale in India have yet to be revealed. The Grecale which will sit below the Levante in the SUV lineup was due to launch in November 2021, but it has been pushed back to early 2022. Although the SUV is still under wraps for now, a fully electric version of the Grecale is expected. . from the Italian manufacturer.
Regarding the brand’s expansion in India, Davide Kluzer, Director of International Media Relations for Maserati, said: “Maserati will remain a unique and exclusive brand and the growth [in dealerships] will be limited. »