Following Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce, the 102-year old Maserati too fell for the SUV frenzy across the globe. The Maserati Levante which made its premiere at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show in its production guise is the first ever SUV to be built by the 102-year old Italian automaker.
The Levante, previewed by a namesake design study at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, is instantly recognizable as a Maserati. The unmistakable grille with trident badge, sharp headlamps and signature triple fender vents are all there. The stylish crossover is defined by a high waistline, tapering C-pillar and expressive sheet metal design in profile. Angular LED taillights and quadruple exhaust tips round off what is a decidedly premium design.
The interior is again a familiar Maserati territory with attractive design and opulent appointments. Carbon fibre accents, plush leather and brushed metal elements can be seen in the cabin.
Power to the Levante comes from one gasoline and one diesel engines that comply with Euro 6 emission norms. The gasoline unit is a 3.0-litre V6 unit which is availble in two states of tune – 350 PS and 430 PS. The oil burner displaces 3.0-litre, delivering 275 PS. Both motors are mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission that drives all the four wheels.
The Maserati Levante will go on sale in Europe in Spring of 2016 and will hit other markets over the course of the year. Given that Maserati now has an official presence in India, the car is likely to be launched here as well.
The premium crossover will lock horns with the Mercedes GLE, BMW X3 and Audi Q5.