Brand New Maserati SUV to go on SALEFirst-ever SUV from iconic Italian marque revealed at Geneva
First-ever SUV from iconic Italian marque revealed at Geneva
After a couple of delays, the groundbreaking Maserati Levante SUV has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales starting soon. It goes up against rivals like the Bentley Bentayga, Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne.
Originally touted for last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Levante was delayed due to switching production from the USA (where Maserati’s sister brand Jeep – an SUV specialist – is based) to Italy. According to our sister title Auto Express, however, the Levante will not use any Jeep parts.
Maserati boss Harald Wester insisted that the new Levante would be “100% Maserati”. He also confirmed that production would begin this month, with deliveries beginning after Geneva.
Maserati Levante design
Styling-wise, the new car borrows heavily – especially at the front – from its saloon siblings with its sharp, slender headlights and concave hexagonal grille. The heavily creased bonnet also takes inspiration from other models in the range, like the Maserati Quattroporte, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati GranTurismo and Maserati GranCabrio. Circular foglights sit just below the headlamp clusters and there are gaping air vents in the front bumper.
Down the side, the doors feature sharp creases, too, while the rear haunches are pronounced. Despite its SUV pretensions, the Levante has a low, swooping roofline, while the roof spoiler and quad exhausts signal its sporting intent. Even though this is an all-new model for Maserati, some of the brand’s signature styling cues are present, including triple air vents on each front wing and a large trident badge in the middle of the front grille.
Inside, the Maserati Levante’s seats are swathed in leather as standard, while you get the option of having two separate shades of leather, too. Much of the rest of the interior will be familiar from other Maseratis, with the same instrument cluster as the Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons and the familiar oval analogue clock on the dash.
The Levante comes with Maserati’s Touch Control Plus infotainment system as standard, controlled by an 8.4-inch touchscreen in the centre console.
Maserati says the Levante is one of the roomiest cars in the class and that it “feels like a first-class lounge”, thanks in part to its long wheelbase and wide body. Rear headroom is impressive compared to rivals too, apparently.
In the boot, there’s 580 litres of space with the rear seats in place and all models come with an powered tailgate as standard. Also on the list of standard equipment are heated and ventilated leather front seats, an eight-speaker stereo, cruise control, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and automatic wipers.
There’s also be plenty of scope for personalisation inside the Levante, with two optional packages being available. The Sport pack gives the Levante a more sporting theme, with gloss-black front and rear skid plates, 20-inch alloys, a rear boot spoiler, aluminium gearshift paddles and steel pedals.
The Luxury pack, on the other hand, enhances the Levante’s luxurious feel, with upgraded interior materials, a chromed front grille, steel sill plates, 19-inch alloys and a powerful Harmon Kardon stereo. This model also gets 12-way power-adjustable leather seats.
Engines & performance
The Levante uses the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6s, producing either 345 or 425bhp, as Maserati’s Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons. The top-spec Levante S, powered by the 425bhp engine, will go from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 164mph. The 345bhp model, however will do 0-62mph in six seconds exactly and top out at 156mph. These will both return around 26mpg economy on average and emit 253 and 249g/km of CO2 respectively.
Those more concerned about running costs will be catered for, too, as a 271bhp diesel is available. This version will be capable of 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. The diesel will cost much less to run than the petrols, managing around 39mpg, while it has CO2 emissions of 189g/km.
Maserati boss Wester has also promised that plug-in hybrids would join the range in late 2017. All Levante models will get four-wheel drive and come with eight-speed automatic gearboxes.
Price & release date
There’s also no official word on prices as yet, but expect to pay at least £50,000 for a basic Levante, and considerably more than that for more powerful models. The plug-in hybrid models may cost more than £100,000. The car is available to order now, with first deliveries happening later in the spring.
Article from: Carbuyer.co.uk