There are a few luxury SUVs coming our way coming from firms like Bentley, Lamborghini and obviously Maserati. Well, the Levante is here and it’s billed as the ‘Maserati of SUVs’. Revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Levante comes with an aggressive front fascia with a popular grille that is flanked by slim Bi-Xenon headlights and round fog lights.
It has a rakish windshield and the rear too is basically muscular. We can see the sloping roof while the ‘Saetta’ badges flank the C-pillar, and there’s a selection of wheels on offer – 18- to 21-inches. Maserati will provide the Levante in an assortment of plans like the Luxury package which will include wood trim and a Harman Kardon audio system, while the Zegna Edition plan includes premium leather and silk upholstery.
Talking about its interior, the Levante comes well geared up with leather seats, aluminium trim, and chrome accents. There is also a dual-zone environment control system, and an eight-speaker audio system available, while an analogue watch includes a little bit of beauty to the entire established. There is also a six-way power motorist’s seat and an infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display screen.
Naturally, there are numerous options to pick from when it comes to the upholstery and you’ll be able to purchase for a leather-wrapped dashboard, a sport steering wheel, and a scenic glass sunroof.
However, it’s a Maserati and you want to know what the engines are like. The entry-level Levante will be powered by a biturbo 3.0-litre V6 engine that produces 350bhp. This definitely has an impact on the 0-100km/ h timing as it requires simply 6 seconds to get there before peaking at around 250km/h.
But for those desiring something more, they’ll have the alternative of ordering the Levante S which will include a 3.0-litre biturbo V6 punching out 430bhp. The surge in power has a significant effect on the 0-100km/ h timings as it now does it in 5.4 seconds with a substantial change in top speed which stands at 263km/h.
Its prices are starting from $72,000.
There’s also a diesel variant in the Levante line up and this one is a 3.0-litre V6 engine that creates 275 bhp. It isn’t slow either as a sprint from 0-100km/ h is cared for in simply 6.9 seconds while top speed stands at 230km/h. All the engines are made to an eight-speed automatic transmission which is combined to a standard four-wheel drive system with a torque vectoring function and a restricted slip rear differential.