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Maserati hybrid getting closer

by David Zatz on

Maserati is likely to launch a hybrid version of the Levante, for some countries outside North America, largely to reduce its emissions footprint.

Last February, sources within FCA told us that the Pacifica’s hybrid system was designed to be easily shifted to other vehicles. Two basic systems were being developed, one for nine-speed transmissions (like the Pacifica) and one for eight-speeds (like the Levante).

FCA focused on its biggest vehicles first, partly because it’s easier to package large batteries. A “mild hybrid” was also being readied, but  hasn’t shown up yet.

The Maserati connection was first reported by Autocar; more recently, a report in Australia’s PerformanceDrive, forwarded by Stephen St. Laurent, claimed to confirm the move. The hybrid was expected to be installed on around 6% of the Levante’s total sales.

Hybrid versions of most FCA cars are expected to appear by the early 2020s. While wide-range transmissions and aerodynamic tricks can help highway mileage, weight reductions and hybrids have the biggest effect on city mileage. Even if fuel economy standards do not increase, FCA will need to raise its numbers.

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