The luxury marque embraces its ‘Faster. Greener. Unique’ ethos with a car that’s faster than a diesel and more sustainable than either diesel or gasoline.

With the Brand’s first electrified SUV, which was revealed both at the Shanghai Auto Show and in a virtual launch, Maserati takes a major step forward in its strategy for electrification, which began last year with the Ghibli Hybrid.

The Levante Hybrid combines the four-cylinder, 2L engine with a 48-volt hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. The hybrid car weighs less than the six-cylinder engine equivalent and has better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear, balancing the masses of the vehicle. Thanks to a maximum power output of 330hp and torque of 450Nm, delivered from just 2,250rpm, the performance data of the new Levante Hybrid includes a top speed of over 240km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in six seconds.

In terms of appearance, the Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.

Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car’s immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars.

On the exterior, blue characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake callipers and the C-pillar logo. The same blue appears inside the car on the embroidered seat seams. ✤