Maserati’s first SUV receives its eagerly-anticipated world unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show
March 1, 2016- (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) – Maserati has chosen the 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show to introduce the first SUV in its hundred-year history: the Levante.
As with many Maseratis from the past, the new car’s name is inspired by a wind: the Levante is a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.
The Levante is the ideal complement to the Maserati range. Combined with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible, the range now covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market. Design, Exclusivity and Performance are the key characteristics for describing this new Maserati. Distinctively Italian in style, the Levante possesses breathtaking and iconic Maserati design features. The interior has been created with the finest materials, most exquisite to the touch, from optional premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process.
The spaciousness of the interior, enhanced by the available panoramic electric sunroof, is combined with coupé-sleek external lines and the best aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31. The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, further evolved and refined to meet the expectations of this market segment, in which Maserati will compete for the first time. The technology applied to every Levante is designed to offer outstanding performances both on- and off-road. A sophisticated suspension – double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with Skyhook electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels (plus one additional park-position) – plays an essential role in the car’s handling. Furthermore, with the lowest center of gravity in its class, perfectly balanced weight distribution (50-50) between front and rear, high levels of dynamic torsional and flexional stiffness, and a mechanical self-locking rear differential as standard, when driven on-road, the Levante delivers all the performance and emotion typical of every Maserati.
The height-adjustment of the body position, which is particularly useful in off-road driving, guarantees ride comfort at the top of the category; when set to the minimum ground clearance, it enables the car to perform at its sporty best.
The Levante is fitted with a 3.0 liter V6 Twin-Turbo gasoline engine with either 345hp or 424hp. All engines are combined with the “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system – which can transfer torque between the axles instantaneously when required – and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System.
In terms of performance, the Levante S (424hp) covers 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 164 mph. The Levante (345hp) accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 156 mph.
The human-machine interface (HMI) on board is based on an evolution of the Maserati Touch Control system, completely updated to offer even more functionality and convenience: the 8.4” high-resolution screen is capacitive, and can – in addition to the touch system – be operated using the new rotary control knob in the central tunnel. A wide range of sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems is available, including adaptive cruise control with automatic Stop & Go function, forward collision warning, automatic brake assist system and lane departure warning. Further options include blind spot alert, park assist and a surround view camera. Two extended feature packs are available for the Levante, a Luxury Package and a Sport Package; they each include a variety of distinctive stylistic and technical contents and enable customers to extensively personalize the exterior and interior of the Levante.
The list of accessories, tailored to the vehicle’s high quality and functionality standards, offers a wider array of options than ever before which includes cargo solutions, useful everyday items and a variety of roof carrier or trailer options.