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Maserati PH launches the Levante GT Hybrid

This hybrid crossover is the first step in the brand’s electrification plan

The Levante GT Hybrid is here to take the luxury car world by storm. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Modena Motorsports has just launched the Maserati Levante GT Hybrid at its Bonifacio Global City showroom. Present at the event were company president Sam Verzosa and Maserati Australia, ASEAN and India general manager Bojan Jankulovski.

Modena Motorsports executives have a toast to celebrate the launch of their new car. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

After the car was unveiled with music produced by Dardust, an Italian composer, a question-and-answer session was held with two experts in Modena, Corrado Nizzola and Massimo Capaldi, via Google Meet.

Sporty, luxurious and efficient are the three best words to describe this car. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

The Levante GT Hybrid is a crossover that is sporty and luxurious, yet efficient and environment-friendly. Instead of a 3.0-liter V6, it features a 2.0-liter in-line-four mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with a 48V belt-driven starter generator system that charges through regenerative braking.

The beauty of Maserati extends into the finest details. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

This produces 325hp and 450Nm of torque at only 2,250rpm thanks to its eBooster, which eliminates turbo lag. It has a top speed of 240km/h and a 0-100km/h time of six seconds surpassing the diesel variant and matching the gasoline version. Not only is it fast, but it is also lighter than its V6 counterparts while being 20% more efficient with its mild hybrid system.

The 48V battery is conveniently located under the rear compartment for even weight distribution. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

One of the goals of Maserati was to make the car not just efficient, but also pleasurable to drive. A full hybrid or plug-in hybrid system would require heavier batteries, disturbing the balance of the car. That’s why a mild hybrid system was used for even weight distribution with the battery at the rear.

The blue accents show this isn't your ordinary Levante. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

To distinguish the GT Hybrid from the regular version, it features blue accents seen on the Trident logo and the side air vents. And there’s even a special color called Azzurro Astro.

The simple yet classy interior is befitting an Italian luxury car. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Further improving the user experience is the Maserati Connect program, which allows the car to interact with a smart device or a virtual personal assistant such as Alexa or Google Assist. The program also keeps track of the condition of the car and notifies the owner when service is due.

Blue is the color of Maserati's electric future. PHOTO FROM MASERATI

Overall, the Levante GT Hybrid showcases Maserati’s dedication to innovation as it allows the Italian luxury carmaker to step forward into an electric future without compromising its brand values.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.