When Maserati introduced the Levante, a luxury SUV unlike any other the world had seen, the market was shocked by the striking marriage of function, performance, and comfort. The Levante name comes from Via Emilia Levante. This is the street in Bologna at which the Maserati brothers began to dream up elaborate yet efficient racing machines. This SUV perfectly represents the brothers’ love for design, as well as their passion for high-performing engines. Plus, the Levante remains simply fun to drive. It features sound actuators fitted near the exhaust tailpipe that modulate engine noises according to driving style and create a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Incredible Power behind Maserati Levante Vehicles
The year 2019 marks the third year of production for the Levante. It has brought the best model yet, with some new design elements and a powerful 350-horsepower V6 engine standard. However, individuals who want a little more kick can opt for a different engine option. Also available is a V6 that produces 430 horsepower with a top speed of 164 miles per hour. Both of the V6 options feature twin turbochargers and bring the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 7 seconds, although the 430-horsepower version can achieve this feat in less than 5 seconds. In other words, drivers will never feel that the car is sluggish despite its size and spaciousness.
People who want even more power out of their SUVs do have some additional engine options with the Levante GTS and the Trofeo, both of which feature a V8 model. The Trofeo V8 produces 590 horsepower with a 0-to-60 of only 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 187 miles per hour. The GTS features a 3.8-liter V8 that produces 550 horsepower with torque up to 5,000 rotations per minute that achieve 181 miles per hour at top speed and goes 0 to 60 in 4.0 seconds. Both of these Levante models also feature their own distinctive interior and exterior tweaks to make them stand out as their own high-powered vehicles.
Complementing Power with Style and Luxury
Maserati invested a significant amount of resources into making the Levante sporty yet relaxed. This translates to an extremely comfortable yet fun ride, even when traveling long distances. In particular, the Levante shines on winding roads due to its excellent handling that makes it stand out from any other SUV in its class. The steering comes well-balanced so that the vehicle feels remarkably agile given its size. The Levante has become known for its Q4 system. This all-wheel-drive technology automatically splits torque from 100-percent-rear-wheel up to an equal distribution between front and rear in a matter of 150 milliseconds. This sort of technology is what makes the Levante handle so impressively.
The exterior of the Levante is clearly a Maserati design, with a large grill that prominently features the brand’s distinctive trident emblem. What people may not immediately recognize, however, is that fact that the sculpted lines of the vehicle have actually been painstakingly engineered for optimal aerodynamics. The vehicle features standard active grill shutters and air suspension to minimize the drag coefficient and provide excellent engine cooling regardless of driving conditions. The same attention has been paid to the interior of the vehicle, which utilizes premium woods and leathers, as well as hand sewn contrast stitching, to make a bold statement. The interior is as spacious as one might expect from an SUV and the seats are ergonomically designed to stay comfortable even through the longest rides.
Key Safety Features of the Maserati Levante SUV
The Maserati Levante also incorporates a range of safety features into its design. For example, the Adaptive Cruise Control system monitors the space between the SUV and the vehicle ahead to maintain a constant and preset distance. The system automatically slows the car by breaking or engine coasting when another vehicle moves in front of the Levant or traffic begins to slow. The Levante also offers drivers a Lane Departure Warning System. This system uses a camera to monitor the road ahead. It searches for evidence that will indicate when the vehicle may be switching lanes without a signal. Such a system helps drivers avoid lateral collisions and reduces overall lane shift for a safer ride.
Maserati has also developed a system for blind spot alerts and rear cross path detection for the Levante. Using cameras, the system maintains constant surveillance on any nearby vehicles with a special focus on the sides and rear blind spot of the Levante. Whenever another driver begins to encroach upon the safe space around the Levante, such as when someone changes lanes, then an icon illuminates within the mirrors of the door to indicate the location of the threat after an alert is sounded. Thus, drivers have a constant finger on what is happening around them. Furthermore, the Levant has Forward Collision Warning. This means that it keeps track of the vehicle in front and sounds an alert when there is potential for rear-end collision. This system is directly linked to the vehicle’s Advanced Brake Assist so that an emergency stop can be executed safely, if needed.