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Maserati’s first SUV Levante showcased in India at a gala event

Maserati Levante is the first ever SUV from the Italian car maker.

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Based on the Maserati Kubang Concept which was showcased back at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, new Maserati Levante made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. And finally after about a year, the car has arrived in India.

The first-ever Maserati SUV, Levante has taken about five years to take shape. Based on the same platform as the Ghibli, Levante keeps much of the design similar to the highly impressive Kubang.

Speaking about interiors, they are very similar to that of Ghibli. Highlights include premium leather upholstery and a large touchscreen infotainment system.

Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with unrivalled handling even on very low-grip surfaces and an excellent off-road performance and ride. – Maserati

Speaking about engine options, the new Maserati Levante SUV is expected to be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, like the Ghibli. The petrol engine is in the form of a 3.0 liter V6 while the diesel engine is in the form of a 3.0 liter V6. Levante petrol will be offered in two tunes, Levante 350 and Levante 450.

First Levante owner in India is based in Bangalore. Image Automobili Ardent.

Levante 350 petrol variant can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 243 kmph, while the Levante 450 petrol can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 264 kmph. Levante diesel can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 230 kmph. Transmission is taken care by a new 8 speed automatic gearbox which sends power to all four wheels.

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