Maserati had promised a new SUV quite a while ago, and they have finally delivered. The new Levante bears the name of a fierce Mediterranean wind, and delivers its power in a similar fashion. Unlike the wind, however, you can tame the car, thanks to its immense technology. This new Maserati is posh, sporty and very very quick, fitting all the requirements for a good SUV.
The Maserati Levante comes with two styling and trim options – the GranLusso and the GranSport. The GranLusso is focused more on luxury, while the GranSport is focused more on performance and engaging dynamics.
The Levante comes with a beautiful exterior. A large front grille makes the SUV look assertive. Yet, with the iconic Trident of Neptune as its centerpiece, the Levante displays a certain finesse. The narrow forward-focus headlights too demand attention. The GranLusso comes with metallic roof rails, while the ones on the GranSport have a piano-black finish. Sharp edges, large arching front wings with air vents add to the detail and drama. The GranLusso or GranSport badges appear at the base of each front wing.
With a beautiful exterior comes an elegant interior. The seats are all hand-stitched and finished with leather. In addition, the seats, along with the door panels, roof lining and sun visors have mulberry silk inserts, straight from Ermenegildo Zegna. The dashboard also has a leather finish, with fine chrome touches. Every switch and dial is styled to fit the Maserati standard.
The Levante comes packed with features and advanced technology. To fulfill its luxury crossover role this Maserati comes with an advanced active air suspension with four-wheel drive. This sophisticated suspension allows the driver to adjust the height and ground clearance of the car, depending on the terrain. For added traction, the Levante has a limited-slip differential at the rear with an asymmetric locking function.
On the inside, you get a 8.4-inch MTC+ unit. The infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring functions. The user can make use of the multi-touchscreen, the rotary control or voice commands to shuffle through the features. In addition, the Levante has bluetooth device support, a radio and satellite navigation as standard features, all incorporated in the MTC+ unit. The center console also has input sockets for USB, aux cables and SD cards, along with connections to external devices such as laptops or smartphones as well.
Maserati is well focused on the safety of its users. The Levante features the Maserati Stability Program (MSP), which makes use of various monitoring sensors, and deploys safety and performance systems to maintain traction and handling. The MSP works with features such as ABS, EBD, ARS and engine torque braking control to optimize drive. Airbags are a standard feature. You also get Highway Assist System, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Forward Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Assist and Rear Cross Path functions, among others.
The Levante has a V6 engine as its heart. You can have either a petrol variant, which produces turbocharged 350 hp, or a diesel variant, which produces a maximum of 250 to 275 hp. However, you have the option of a 430 hp petrol variant as well. The transmission offers seven settings, along with an automatic 8-gears system. The diesel-powered Levante has a top speed of 230 km/h, while the twin-turbo 430 hp petrol engine can power the car to 25 km/h with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 5.2 seconds. All those stats with a reasonable amount of fuel consumed. The combined fuel consumption for the petrol engine is 10.9 liters/100 km, while the diesel engine has a better 7.9 liters/100 km.
Maserati have taken a big step into the world of SUVs. And by the looks of it, the first step will turn out to be a success. India can expect the Levante to hit showrooms in early 2018. But it will not come cheap. Expect the Maserati Levante to set you back at least 1.8 crores.
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