Maserati To Go PHEV On Levante With Chrysler Pacifica Components

A “greener” version of the Maserati Levante is said to be just around the corner.

Speaking with the Maserati CEO, Harald Wester, at the Geneva Motor Show, MotorTrend reports that the firm’s SUV will use components from the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. “A standalone program would be suicidal, so we have to look at FCA“, said Wester.

The plug-in hybrid variant of the Levante is expected to debut at the end of 2017 or in early 2018, with a powertrain that FCA is developing for the Pacifica. The frugal minivan is targeting 80 MPGe in the city and 30 miles of electric range, using a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery.

FCA’s  PHEV will join the existing lineup offered by Maserati for the SUV in the United States, which includes a choice of a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6, available in two outputs: 345 HP and 424 HP. In Europe, there is also a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, which will not make it to North America.

Developing the Maserati Levante family will not stop with the introduction of a plug-in hybrid, as a higher-performance version was reportedly considered from the start. However, a final decision in this direction has yet to be taken: “We looked at it and decided not yet“, added the company’s CEO.

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  • Kash

    And so it begins, the cheapening of Maserati.
    P.s. because apparently I have to tell people this, but this comment is a joke. Not meant to be taken seriously.

    • europeon

      Implying that didn’t happen yet…

      • Kash

        Yeah but they’re admitting it and do this press release thing. They didn’t do that when they started using the same window switches in the 300, Ghibli, and Quattroporte, etc. lol.

        • europeon

          Yeah, you’re right. They went to great lengths trying to hide the LX platform heritage on the Ghibli and QP (and it’s not only the window switches, it’s almost the whole platform).

          • Kash

            I don’t know why but your comment reads with heavy sarcasm. lol.

          • europeon

            Nah, this time there is no sarcasm whatsoever.

            I’m just sad that, instead of capitalizing on Maserati’s legacy, they’re on the same path of making it an absolutely irrelevant brand, just like they did with Lancia.

          • Kash

            Much agreed. Maserati could’ve been this step above Alfa but not quite Ferrari while having their range topping engines sourced by Ferrari. But now it’s just kinda depressing what they’ve done to the brand. And now they’re delaying the Alferi on top of it all? I guess that’ll never hit the market.

    • Markey

      are you seriously saying that putting the Plugin Electric technology developed in North America (the home of Tesla if I recollect well) on a Maserati powertrain and drivetrain is cheapening the brand.
      You obviously instead think that the fact a Porsche Cayenne is based on a VW Touareg is totally OK, and it actually strengthen the VW brand, thank you very much.

      I just think people should stop being biased and judge products for what they are.

      You want to make your mind up about the Levante?

      Go to the nearest Maserati dealer and test drive it.

      • Deckard_Cain

        Bravo!

      • Kash

        I’m sorry you can’t take a joke because that’s what I was making. I’ve owned both a 2013 Quattroporte and 2014 Ghibli. I admit i liked the Ghibli a lot, but it was over rated once two of my other neighbors bought one. Lol.

        I also like VW products, especially Porsche. As for the Levante, style wise it’s ugly and disastrous.

        P.s. My joke was also mainly coming from the fact that they’re advertising that they’re borrowing parts from Chrysler, the much cheaper brand. If anything I would’ve reversed the announcements and said the Pacifica will receive the PHEV tech from the Maserati. It makes the Chrysler look more upscale.

        • Markey

          maybe this is about ME not being able to take a joke. my bad.

          I am still puzzled by why on earth websites like Carscoops make a point of these intra-company sharing in the case of FCA while never bother mentioning the much higher levels of sharing and badge engineering which are common in other companies, above all in the VW-Porsche-Audi group.

          And the same apply to your comment.

          Yes, ok, fine, this is a joke.

          But why does it have to be a joke when it is FCA and not when it is others.

          Personally I am ENORMOUSLY grateful that the Chrysler synergies have made it possible for Fiat to re-launch Maserati and, hopefully, soon will contribute to the relaunch of Alfa.

          I do not give a flying monkey that the Ghibli sits on a modified 300C platform. I am actually happy for it. That is what FCA had available at the time of that development and allowed it to make that car at that price level. Is the car good? Yes. Is it perfect? nope. These things come in steps, and I hope the next iteration will make up for the current faults.

          And I am also HUGELY grateful that, so far, they have not gone as far as actually slapping badges in front of identical cars like VW has.

          Am I a FCA-fan? sort of, I guess. I like Italian cars and I like American cars. More than I like German cars. As a matter of fact, I even like French cars. (eurgh, some would say….)
          But I am also very critical of the many mistakes which I believe FCA have been making, like what they did with Lancia (i.e. nothing) or the mismanagement of the Dodge brand, or the utterly incompetent approach in the development of mid size cars (including their latest outsourcing strategy).

          I look forward to reading your sarcastic comments again.

          About all car companies.

          Till then,

          Tchau

    • Bo Hanan

      Maserati, unfortunately, is becoming the “hand-me-down” brand of Fiat Corporate.
      From engines to platforms to interior pieces.
      It should be competing with high performance offerings from the 3 Germans
      Wait until ALFA is *finally* up and running and Maserati really becomes redundant.

      • Kash

        That’s still IF FCA ever launches Alfa’s revival.

  • Mind Synthetic

    i feel like american engineering criteria kills it beyond repair. from years of experience it seems like gm and chrysler are incapable of delivering a proper engineering package thus destroying the initial design ideas. sad

  • TheBelltower

    I’m just not feeling this SUV. The design is really gaudy and it shares components with a minivan. The previous two generations of Chrysler minivans were the worst on the market. The new Pacifica looks good, but has yet to prove it’s anything better than the old ones.

    • Galaxium

      I agree. I thought this Levante looked nice at first, but upon second glance it’s pretty boring and I don’t think anyone could tell it’s a ‘high-end’ Maserati. The interior is not inspiring. I honestly believe that this could pass off as one of those heavily modified cars those fringe companies make.

    • Deckard_Cain

      It shares the electric drivetrain which was developed in the same group.
      There’s plenty of people that like the design since it is distinctly Maserati. The only SUV with a better design is the F-Pace.

      • TheBelltower

        Yikes. If you say so.

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  • Manuel Nilreps

    I remember when the original Pacifica suv was supposed to be built on this Chrysler lx architecture, but Daimler change it to the minivan architecture with the lx rear suspension and made it fwd. The original car was the 1999 Chrysler citadel. The 1999 citadel was when Chrysler started working on the lx platforms. This “maserati” is essentially a Italian built Chrysler. Chryslers technology is definitely better for maserati. Oh notice how the 1999 citadel looks like the new Pacifica minivan, especially in the back.

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