Sportiness now comes molded in an Italian flair with the newest successor from the Italian auto giant Maserati that is dubbed as all-new Maserati Levante. The car comes as the first SUV from Maserati and will be making its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian crossover SUV is equipped with a hybrid powertrain which will also be featured in the Maserati Quattroporte or the Maserati Ghibli starting from the year 2018. As correctly indicated by the car's name, 'Levante' that means 'rising' in Italian, is inspired from the phrase 'Sun rising in the east', the car will initiate the SUV segment for the Italian automaker. The new Maserati Levante is based on the Kubang concept vehicle that features a striking and astonishing exterior design which looks as spontaneous as it actually is and never fails to leave a lasting desire for the car at just a glance. The car will be available with 4 engine operations among which the 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine churns 266 hp, while the soul injecting life in the most dynamic variant of the is a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that is designed with utter perfection and refinement and uses the classic 90 degrees V8 configuration to extract a maximum power output of 523 hp at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm. Collectively with the silky-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and the use of low-inertia twin-scroll turbines, this engine ensures swifter accelerator reactions and projects the car to a speed of 100kmph from naught in less than 5 seconds. Coming over to the interior design of the SUV, the interior designers of the SUV have used their creativity with utter dedication to give the car a solemnly comfortable and luxurious cabin with a purely ergonomic cockpit design. The sprinting horse is all in your controls with the handling assists, like, the Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), Electronic Parking Brake, cruise control, Acceleration Skid Control (ASC), Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution).
Owing to the refinement injected in the diesel engine's DNA in the form of technologies like high-pressure direct injection, it displays a precise combustion process at high speeds and yields a high combined fuel economy of 6.8 litres/100km.
The signature 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, sitting under the hood of the most powerful variant burns oil efficiently to extract out each unit of energy from the fuel and offer you high peaks of power and torque. The maximum power churned out by this furious power plant is 523 hp at 6800 rpm coupled with a maximum torque value of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm.
Ferocious is the word which defines the acceleration value of this speed fast SUV. The well-cultivated power mill of the most ferocious variant hugs a butter-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, which in coordination with the engine catapults the smoothly with a speed of 100kmph from naught in an enthralling 4.9 seconds with an equally thrilling top speed.
The exterior design of the car is something which the designers can surely boast about. The SUV has a bold and dominating exterior design with graciously curved contours and expressive aerodynamic details. The attributes, like, the elongated curvaceous bonnet design, exclusive radiator grille design holding the company's crown and sharp, dazzling headlights with daytime running LED's together gives the front appearance of the car an irresistible and captivating look.
Contributing towards the commanding and bold exterior looks of the car the external dimensions of the SUV reads 4851 mm x 1943 mm x 1745 mm (L x W x H) and the car has an equally impressive wheelbase which further contributes towards stability of this drive while making it absolutely for all the occupants traveling in it.
The royal luxury offered by this Maserati successor with its interior design is incomparable. The interior designers have crafted the interiors artistically keeping in mind the perfect ergonomics that is required in a sports car. The infotainment system and the control panel is such designed so as to cause no impedance in the driver's area of sight. The soul intuitive instrument cluster, chromed gear lever, 8.1-inch touch screen compatible with a navigation system and the leather attired multifuctional steering wheel are added to give the car's interior a sporty convenience. The aesthetics displayed by the car's interior solemnly defines a fine specimen of craft. The soothing interior lighting effect helps in fetching the interior its own charm.
Maserati Levante has ultra-comfortable interiors which surely makes you feel it's a Maserati you are living in. As soon as you sit in the cabin of the car, an oasis of calmness surrounds you and offers you the real pleasure of a drive. The car features large leather-wrapped ultra-comfortable wrap-around seats with electric height and angle adjustments. The luxury employed in the artistically crafted interiors is further accentuated by the ultra-clear sound system, the efficient automatic climate control and the Poltrona Frau leather upholstery running from inlays, centre tunnel to door panels.
Being a deluxe crossover SUV, the car provides a spacious seating arrangement with large legroom. With all these space requirements, the car manages to buy you a lavish boot space, which is generous enough to pack your big luggage bags with convenience.
At the center of the GTS variant of the saloon, lies its heart named as the 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine that helps the swift SUV display its sportiness unmistakably by churning out a maximum power of 523 hp at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm between 2000 to 4000 rpm. In coordination with the 8-speed transmission, this engine projects the crossover swiftly to achieve a speed of 100 kmph from naught in not more than 4.9 seconds. The engine owing to the technologies, like, high-pressure direct injection maintains a perfect ignition and injection timing and hence an efficient combustion process during high speed operations. This allows the car to feature a combined fuel economy of 11.8 litres/100km.
All the luxury added to the interiors of the car is made more impressive with the advanced list of stereo and accessories added to the car. Contributing to this list, the car features an optional Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround system with 15 speakers, Harman's QuantumLogic signal processing and AuroVox equalization ensuring that everyone gets a fair hearing of the ultra-clear sound experience it features. The interiors also enclose a 7-inch colour display with onboard computer/drive infos and the available Maserati Touch Control Unit. 8.4-inch touchscreen display, including navigation, radio, CD/DVD player, USB and AUX-in, Bluetooth function for audio streaming etc.
The shoes wearing which the enchanting SUV explores the roads are the spectacular 19-inch alloy wheel designs with Tritone design. These wheels promise you a highly dependable operation with a desired road-hugging experience.
The furious speeds of the fast SUV are restrained and retarded using the braking system consisting of four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with dual-cast technology on front as well as rear wheels with handling assistance provided by the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). The ultra-responsive car is supported with a suspension system consisting of unequal length control arms with forged aluminium arms and hub carriers, coil springs as well as anti-roll bars on both axles that gives hassle free handling to the car.
Safety is a thing of great concern and being a Maserati car it is even greater. The engineers have employed an extensive list of safety features to serve an optimum amount of safety to the passengers. The car features a handling assistance by the features, like, the Maserati Stability Programme (MSP), Electronic Parking Brake, cruise control, Acceleration Skid Control (ASC) and pressure loss warning system. The car is also equipped with basic safety features, like front, side and window airbags for front passenger and driver, 3-point seat belts with automatic comfort fit and Cruise control.