It's no surprise that Chrysler'swill share its parts with other members of the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) family -- after all, it's not like FCA has, you know, very many electrified vehicles running about. But it's strange to think about future Maseratis SUVs sharing parts with the ultimate soccer-mom machine.
Maserati CEO Harald Wester, in an interview with Motor Trend, says that a forthcoming plug-in hybrid will utilize parts from the also-forthcoming Pacifica Hybrid. "A standalone [hybrid] program would be suicidal so we have to look at FCA," Wester said.
For its US launch later this year, the Levante will come with one engine -- a twin-turbocharged V-6 -- with two different outputs. The hybrid variant would likely arrive more than a year after that. Chrysler's plug-in minivan won't be hitting dealerships until late this year.
Not that a Levante hybrid would be a huge seller or anything -- Wester said he'd expect a take rate less than 10 percent, which isn't too far away from the industry average. But it's not about numbers, it's about conformity -- namely, attempting to raise fleet fuel-economy numbers to an acceptable range ahead of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations in 2025.