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Maserati unveils hybrid version of Levante SUV

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FILE PHOTO: A Maserati Levante SUV car is seen at the exhibition stand of Maserati ahead of the 87th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva

MILAN (Reuters) - Maserati, Stellantis' premium carmaker, unveiled the hybrid version of its Levante large sports utility vechicle (SUV) on Monday, refreshing its range as part of a turnaround effort.

Available from this summer, Maserati's first hybrid SUV will be based on a mild-hybrid technology, which offers some electric assistance to a traditional engine.

"A plug-in hybrid platform would have added too much weight to the car, jeopardising performance," Maserati Head of product development Francesco Tonon said during a web presentation.

Combining a 4 cylinder, 2 litre engine with a 48-volt hybrid system, the Levante reaches a top speed of more than 240 kilometres per hour.

Maserati has said it will offer hybrid or fully-electric versions of its new models, and its entire range will be electrified by 2025.

The carmaker already offers a hybrid version of its Ghibli sedan, while its new Grecale SUV, expected in the second half of this year, will also be available as a hybrid.

Maserati's first full-electric vehicle is expected next year with the release of the new Gran Turismo. It will be followed by planned releases of electric versions of new Gran Cabrio and MC20 super car.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

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