Maserati Levante SUV unveiled, curvy in all the right places

While Ferrari’s boss, Sergio Marchionne, infamously quoted that someone needs to put a bullet into his head if there’s any chance of an SUV with a Prancing horse logo at the front, Maserati thinks otherwise. With that, Maserati joins premium carmakers like Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche – all of which have an SUV in their respective portfolio.

The official images suggest that the Levante will have a bigger front grille than usual, complemented with sleek LED headlights, along with subtle shoulder lines that arches more pronouncedly towards the back. If your eyes follow, you’ll spot a spoiler, stubby shark fin antenna, LED tail lamps and quad exhausts. It’s generally a beautiful SUV, but some angles reveal slight hints of an outgoing SUV.maserati-levante-2

The Levante will be offered with two petrol engines and a diesel engine, one of which is the familiar 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that powers the Ghibli and Quattroporte models. However, Maserati will offer this engine in two states of tunes – the Levante 350 and Levante 430 – numbers which suggest their power. The 350 is claimed to hit 0 to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds before maxing out at 241km/h, whereas the 430 does the same in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 262km/h.

The oil burner variant is also a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, and we can expect Maserati to offer a high performing variant with a petrol V8. All variants will be offered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, sending drive to all four wheels via the company’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system. At press time, no interior pictures have been released yet.maserati-levante-4

The Maserati Levante is scheduled for its worldwide debut in about a week at the Geneva Motor Show. This Trident-bearing Italian SUV will definitely attract a new pool of customers to the brand, so expect Naza Italia, the official distributor of Maserati cars in Malaysia, to introduce this car soon.


IMAGE GALLERY

Travis Chang

Travis Chang

While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...
share on: