Maserati has launched it first SUV the … Levante.
With a surprisingly competitive price tag the Lavante starts at $72k, that’s just under £60k, not bad for sleek Italian looks and coveted Maserati badge.
You certainly wouldn’t be in any hurry to put your keys away with that key fob.
Of course the price increases as you tick the optional extra boxes and who could live with themselves knowing the missed out on extra-strong Mulberry silk seat inserts guaranteed for 300,000 miles. Yes even the seats have a mileage guarantee!
Available in a 3L, V6 turbo diesel engine with up to 275 hp and a reported 39mpg (34 city driving and 43 motorway) it’s certainly ticking the economy boxes plus it has an impressive tow rate of 2,700 kg. There’s also a twin turbo V6 petrol engine with up to 430hp.
All versions come with an eight-speed gearbox, Maserati’s sophisticated intelligent Q4 AWD and a torque vectoring system for a truly exhilarating and capable drive. The Levante benefits from advanced active air suspension with five ride heights, six levels of capability and comfort to give sturdy control in any situation whether on road or off. Combined with Maserati’s acclaimed Skyhook system, with shock absorbers featuring continuous damping variation, the Levante can prioritise comfort or assume a more sporty character.
Advanced safety features include six dual-stage airbags, active headrests and a tyre pressure monitoring system, as well as ‘active’ safety technology designed to help prevent collisions, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Alert, Rear Cross Path detection, and Lane Departure and Forward Collision warning systems. Well you wouldn’t want to damage those sleek Italian good looks.
The Maserati Levante is available in 3 choices the Adventurous Spirit, the Levante S Sporting Prowess and the Levante Diesel all with the invitation to personalise and build your own. Can it compete with the ‘high riding’ competition? That remains to be seen, but it will certainly turn a few heads towing up the mountain pass.
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