It had to happen sooner or later.
It’s no surprise that Maserati at some point was going to join in the hybrid extravaganza. What is news is the model they decided to go with. At the Geneva Motor Show, Motor Trend discovered that the Italian automaker is going to make the Levante into a hybrid, using parts that are being developed for the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which won’t come as a surprise when considering the FCA umbrella Maserati sits under. “A standalone program would be suicidal so we have to look at FCA,” said Maserati CEO Harald Wester.
The eco-friendlier Pacifica is yet to be released, but we can expect it later in the year with a hybrid powertrain comprised of a 3.6-liter V6 producing something like 250 horsepower.The Pacifica will go 30 full electric miles, according to Chrysler. So what does this mean for the Maserati? Hopefully nicer leather than the Pacifica, various luxury options, most likely a 2018 release date (according to Wester) and almost certainly a heftier price tag.