Maserati Teases What Could be the Levante GTS or the Levante Plug-in Hybrid
Is it more speed, or more miles?by Jonathan Lopez, on
Just one day ahead of a full reveal at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Maserati is teasing what could only be some new version of the Italian brand’s Levante SUV. Making its debut in full-fledged production form back in 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show, the mid-size luxury ‘ute is the Trident Badge’s first-ever SUV segment competitor. Now, it’s looking like the nameplate will expand to include either a pumped-up go-faster GTS model, or an efficiency-minded plug-in hybrid, as previewed by the above-pictured teaser image.
If what we’re looking at is indeed a GTS, expect it to gain a significant power boost, ditching the older model’s 424-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 in favor of the twin-turbo V-8 out of the Quattroporte GTS. If that’s the case, output could get retuned to deliver as much as 570 ponies, with the suspension, brakes, and exterior styling all revamped to match.
Alternatively, the Levante could be taking cues from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for extra mpg at the pump, adding electric motivation to the mix.
Look for complete details when Maserati pulls the sheets tomorrow in New York.