Meet Maserati's First Luxury SUV: The Levante

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Meet Maserati’s First Luxury SUV: The Levante

Since Maserati shocked the world by introducing a high-end sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Levante, it has worked diligently to continue pushing its boundaries in terms of performance and luxury.

Today, the manufacturer offers several different versions of the Levante, including the ultimate Levante Trofeo, which remains one of the highest performing  luxury SUVs ever brought to the market. The Levante perfectly encapsulates what sets Maserati apart from its competitors, from small design details to engines that produce a visceral driving experience. However, the Levante also embraces the true spirit of an SUV and offers the utility and practicality that people expect from one.

Maserati brought the Levante to the market two years ago. This first  luxury SUV from the manufacturer is built on a platform also used by the Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans, although the Levante breaks markedly from these vehicles in terms of overall design and capability. In 2019, Maserati introduced a turbocharged V8 for the Levante, in addition to the turbocharged V6 available on older models. The additional power translates beautifully to the road with standard all-wheel drive across all Levante models. Currently, Maserati offers eight trims with four output levels across the two different engines, meaning customers can find the combination that truly speaks to them.

The Sheer Power behind the Many Different Levante Options

Whichever model the buyer chooses, the raw power of the Levante’s engine is palpable. The V6 generates 424 horsepower and takes drivers from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of five seconds. The V8 option shaves a whole second off this process in the GTS model, which comes in at 550 horsepower. The Trofeo, which produces 590 horsepower, accomplishes the feat in 3.7 seconds, an incredible experience in such a large vehicle. Moreover, drivers can customize the experience even further by choosing different driving modes. The Sport mode makes the engine operate a little smoother to accommodate drivers who demand more from their vehicles, and the Trofeo offers the Corsa driving mode to optimize performance even further. In addition, the Trofeo reaches a top speed of 189 miles per hour.

Maserati fans may note that the 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo is actually the most powerful vehicle currently manufactured by the company. The runners-up, the GranTurismo and Quattroporte GTS, fall behind by a fair margin. Actually, the Levante Trofeo has only been bested by one other Maserati vehicle: the V12 MC12 Versione Corse. The Trofeo’s 3.8-liter, twin-turbo engine is built by Ferrari. It features many of the design elements of that maker’s own engines, with the exception of a wet sump oiling system and a cross-plane crankshaft.

Meet Maserati's First Luxury SUV: The Levante

An Elegant Interior to Complement Impressive Power

What many people notice once they take the Levante out on the highway is that the roar of the engine as it revs is far removed from the physical experience of driving. Drivers will appreciate a responsive steering wheel and the smooth ride achieved by air springs and adaptive shock absorbers. The luxury continues with the unique Highway Assist System available on the Levante. This system helps center the vehicle in the middle of the lane on GPS-tracked highways to improve safety. The interior cabin is also spacious, with plenty of legroom and seats designed to maintain comfort even after hours of driving.

Naturally, drivers have several options when it comes to customizing the interior. All versions of the Levante include leather upholstery as a standard, but upgraded options are available to drivers who want something a little special. As far as trim is concerned, owners can choose between wood and carbon fiber, with textured weave and three-dimensional designs offered for the latter. Extended leather options are also available for most of the dashboard and the doors, allowing for further customization.

The interior itself is designed with maximum functionality in mind. Ergonomic controls for the volume and tuner make it easy to get the best sound experience, and there is ample space for cellphones, parking passes, and other belongings within the driver’s reach. In addition, all Levante models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard feature, along with the Maserati Touch Control Plus display.

Meet Maserati's First Luxury SUV: The Levante

The Bottom Line on the Levante

In the end, the Levante offers everything that drivers would expect out of a Maserati luxury SUV and more. Buyers have the ability to build a car that truly meets their individual needs of style, utility, or power. Luckily, those who desire all three can easily find it in the Levante. Drivers interested in experiencing the unique thrill of driving a Maserati should head to a nearby dealership to feel the power of the engine and the comfort of the interior for themselves. Nothing quite compares to getting behind the wheel of a Maserati—especially one as thoughtfully designed as the Levante.

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by Sarah Rosner
Serial Taco Eater and Self-Proclaimed Marketing Star with a passion for speed, fashion, dogs, and the finer things.

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