Maserati’s PHEV Levante Will Be Powered By Chrysler Pacifica Unit

After launching their first SUV, the Levante, last year, Maserati are now marching towards an electrified future, with a plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle.

Since the automaker estimates that buyers of this version will account for less than 10 percent of sales, developing a new powertrain wouldn’t make any sense. This is why they will use the same technology as the Chrysler Pacifica, as it was confirmed by the brand’s head honcho, Harald Wester, last year.

However, despite sharing its powertrain with a minivan, the Levante PHEV will still drive like a Maserati, according to the company’s chief for overseas markets, Umberto Cini, who recently spoke to CarAdvice.

If it will be a Maserati – Maserati means many things. One of these things is the pleasure of driving. If we can deliver with hybrid technology or electric technology the same feeling that you can deliver with the current product range, why not. In any case, there will be something already developed in that direction“, Cini said.

The PHEV system is currently being adapted for the Levante, and given that the SUV uses the same underpinnings as the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, it’s likely that these two will also follow a similar route over the next few years.

Note: Regular Maserati Levante pictured

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  • Benjamin B.

    Bye bye Maserati

    • Bo Hanan

      Well said.

      • Benjamin B.

        I mean, if use Chrysler powertrains, Maserati will lose what little prestige the brand had. Current cars already use way too much Fiat Chrysler parts from the parts bin!

    • europeon

      You’re talking like you ever could afford a new Maserati.

  • WG

    umm no thanks. or might as well get the Pacifica phev instead.

  • Craig

    This would make a Maserati SUV even more appealing to me. [Especially if I was planning on going for a cross-country drive]

    • Matt

      So to make a Maserati more appealing, fit a minivan powertrain? Ok.

      • Craig

        To me. Yes. But then – I would never buy a Maserati.

        • Benjamin B.

          Oh my, just get your Pacifica minivan and be happy.

          • Craig

            Oh Ben.

      • George Taramas

        You really dont get it, do you?? This is not a minivan powertrain. Fca developed its own hybrid system to fit it in every vehicle is produced by them. Did you expect that maserati would develop another hybrid system? Boy you sure are a big business brain!

    • Big Black Duck

      I was looking for a “lol” after your sTatement…still looking…

      • Craig

        I’m not joking. If YOU were travelling across the country and broke down in Weedhole, Alabama would you rather be sitting in a Maserati waiting for help – OR a vehicle with Chrysler parts? There are approximately 110 Maserati dealers in the U.S. [Any near Weedhole?] FCA has approximately 2,500.

        • FCA Not for ME

          Don’t worry you’d likely not make the next state to begin with. Maybe dealer to next dealer….if you’re lucky.

          • Benjamin B.

            Chrysler has an excellent record of reliability, right? Oh my.

          • Craig

            You’re out of touch with reality Ben. Some Chrysler products have been VERY reliable. SRT vehicles for example.

  • Michelin

    No mention about Renault engines for Mercedes class A, VW parts for Porsche cayenne and Macan, Ford engine parts for Aston Martin V12 engine, Toyota plug-in for Lexus, etc. Etc. ???

    • Vanquish

      Agreed these people swoon over Audis and Porsches with VW Parts and have an issue with engine sharing it’s stupid to say the least

      • Benjamin B.

        Not the same. VW engines are quite good. FCA on the other hand…

        • europeon

          Ferrari engines are not good? Jesus, where do you guys keep coming from?

    • Benjamin B.

      VW, Ford, Toyota, Renault-Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz know how to make powertrains. The designs for the Duratec and EcoBoost I-4 engines are from Mazda FYI. I’m not against sharing R&D, but Fiat Chrysler does not have the best track record in reliability and quality.

      • Michelin

        Unreliable is only people who speak about prejudices. The same prejudices exist in Europe about all American cars. Trump is right when say European don’t buy American cars. Need they to make better quality to export American cars in Europe ?

      • Michelin

        Is this the reason because Haas F1 team use Italian technology to compete in F1 races ? Engines, gear boxes, breakes, chassis, tyres, etc. etc.

        • gary4205

          Fiat-Chrysler engines, technology.

  • Status

    Down, down, down, and down Maserati goes. They can’t escape the ‘unreliable Italian car’ syndrome, and now they have a deep Chrysler infection.

    • Ed Ward

      Chrysler is actually the best thing to ever happen to Maser-Alfa-Romeo. That dodge based levante suv and dodge based electrical architecture and infotainment system is the best stuff ever for the Italians.

      • Vanquish

        The levante isn’t Dodge based……

        • Vanquish

          The GLE does share its platform with the Grand Cherokee though…..

          • Benjamin B.

            Not the new GLE. The old M-Class did.

            The current Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on a previous generation M-Class and has been for some time. The current fullsize Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger sedan, Challenger coupe, and discontinued Magnum wagon are all based on the same platform based on a previous E-Class, sharing the E-Class IRS, with front suspension components from the S-Class.

          • Ed Ward

            The current m class is based on the current GC. Jeep developed this platform alongside MB and jeep sell way more GC’s than MB. Chrysler saved Mercedes back when Lexus, and Infiniti and Acura threatened their existence. Now chrysler is saving alfa and maserati.

        • Benjamin B.

          People could be confused because they are rumors the next generation Charger and Challenger will share a platform with Maserati.

          • Ed Ward

            FCA is a cash strapped company thats currently using chrysler hardware to save money. Chrysler is sharing its platforms with maserati, there is nothing confusing about it.

        • Ed Ward

          Omg you didn’t know? Maserati is not a cash rich company so they used what was available, a chrysler designed and engineered Lx platform (magnum, 300, challenger, charger, ghibli, and quattroporte) a platform chrysler started working on in the late 90’s. The electrical system is chrysler, the man in charge of how maseratis look, drive and feel (Ralph Gilles) is a chrysler guy. Chrysler is doing more for Maserati, alfa romeo than fiat ever could.

      • Benjamin B.

        Alfa-Romeo refuses to share anything with FCA, except for the inforntainment system. And FCA subcontracted another manufacturer to build the Uconnect system. Both the 2L and 2.9L engines are Alfa-Romeo exclusively, with some help from Ferrari. Alfa-Romeo is more cheap Ferrari than expensive Chrysler/Dodge. The 4C does us an older Fiat-based turbo engine, but it was reworked by Alfa-Romeo. Maserati allows much more sharing than Alfa-Romeo.
        Also the Giulia uses the ZF 8-speed, which many other manufacturers use in everything from the BMW 7-Series to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

        • Ed Ward

          Before chrysler came along alfa was fwd fiat trash. Now they finally got some real hardware courtesy of dodge and now they’re better than the company that helped them? Hallarious.

      • Michelin

        Renault tray to save American Motors and failed. Mercedes tray to save Chrysler and escaped. FIAT saved Chrysler after Chrysler failed. This is the through. Alfa Giulia chassis will be based for next dodges, Giulietta chassis is the Base for Cherokee, 500x chassis is the base for Renegade …………..

    • Benjamin B.

      As if Chrysler powertrains will be more reliable

    • Michelin

      How many Italian cars did you drive ? Unreliable is people who speak without competence.

      • Status

        I don’t have to drive or own something to know that they’re unreliability. You just have to look at the residuals for Italian cars to know where they stand. They’re at the bottom for a reason, and when their residuals are lower than American cars, then they are truly awful cars.

        But for your example, that like saying I have to be a Muslim to know that Islam is just another middle-eastern bronze-age garbage social engineering exercise that impairs ones ability to think. Just like the residuals of an Italian car, you just have to look at the results of others to tell you all your need to know about it.

        • europeon

          You are the kind of idiot that perpetuates the false “unreliable Italian cars” stories.

          • Status

            And you’re the one that hopelessly trying to convince the world that an Italian car is worth list price, or the metal it’s made of. At least I can point to the residual values on the free market and how inferior their are, and all you can do is whine about how nobody is as deluded as you are.

          • europeon

            I am the kind that puts his money where his mouth is. I pretty much exclusively owned only Italian cars, and I still do. You on the other hand… just a big mouth on the Internet spreading false stories.

          • Status

            You have no proof either. Your mouth is just as big, and your words are just as valueless, just as your cars are.

          • europeon

            The Maserati and the Alfa Romeo keys sitting near my computer are proof enough.

          • Status

            Anecdotes are not proof. They are as worthless as your made up god.

          • europeon
          • Status

            Not good enough. Go further.

  • Kash

    They’ve been using smaller switches and stuff for a while now, so why not borrow an entire powertrain?

  • Matthijs

    I don’t see the problem. It won’t be a Pacifica with a Maserati shell over it.. just some electronic components which makes a lot of sense since Maserati isn’t a big brand that sells a lot of cars. Maybe some negative nancy’s should think a bit more economical…

    • Cobrajet

      It should be using the Italian engines from Ferrari as they already do other models. Also there is still no V8.

      • Benjamin B.

        Why not just make a Maserati Hellcat model?

      • gary4205

        Ferrari doesn’t do plug in hybrids.

        • Cobrajet

          But this is Maserati.

  • Infinite1

    Before I say anything negative, I’m just going to sit back for the next few years and see how it holds up. If it lasts a few years, then great for Maserati, if not, then back to the drawing board. Drive train sharing isn’t new one bit

  • Gerald Michael

    And in return Chrysler gets… Chrysler gets… zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • gary4205

    Good choice. The Chrysler system well, and they barely sell enough Maseratis to justify production, let alone development of a toy drivetrain few want.

    No different than high dollar Aston-Martin using pedestrian Mercedes engines and electronic bits and switchgear.