In the first person. We know the new Maserati Levante, in vivo and in private to be able to analyze it in detail The expected first SUV of Maserati is already today a reality. It is called Maserati Levante and is a revolution for the mark of the trident, because we are faced with its first model with capabilities of off-road and that is intended to complicate things, and a lot of, to the kings of the segment as the Porsche Cayenne, the Range Rover Sport or BMW X5.
Although the new Maserati Levante was first presented at the Geneva motor show and later in Madrid as I told my colleague Mario in his chronicle of the event held in the Palacio de Cibeles, today we’ve gone up to the dealer official Maserati C. Salamanca to be able to meet him in private, with the time required to analyze it and without anyone around us that prevent us from photographing the detail.
The Maserati Levante maintains the DNA of Maserati, the same DNA who launched the Maserati Ghibli, and that we have also been able to see in prototypes such as the Maserati Alfieri. We are in front of an SUV, but its design is distinctly sporty.
, Both lagging behind, as its front area offer strokes are very recognizable. The new Maserati Levante boasts a length of 5.003 mm, however its design allows it to be perceived as a car much more compact than it really is.
Despite the fact that its front provides a lot of personality, your behind does not detract from display as of sports. The LED optical systems maintain a high positioning, while their releases are always double and very protagonists, including versions with diesel engine.
The highlight of the new Maserati Levante is its large front grille. We are facing a characteristic feature in all models of Maserati, but now their proportions are even higher, with vertical stripes widely spaced and a logo which now happens to be a single piece and not a sculpture in relief. What you see behind is the new active grille system which opens their gills, according to the cooling needs of the engine.
The introduction of the new group of optics is also a highlight. Double headlights to differentiate between dipped headlights and road projector fog lamps. Its design ripped has been inherited from the Maserati Alfieri, being more likely to view the article in the restyling of the Maserati Quattroporte, which is in the fall.
Immersed in the interior there is no doubt that we are in a Maserati. The Italian firm wanted to maintain the air of a family, that is why it is easy to feel at the wheel of a Ghibli or Quattroporte with which it shares a lot of controls and elements.
The driving position offers a plus of visibility in front of the Ghibli and Quattroporte. Even so, we do not have an SUV like so many others. The Maserati Levante has preferred to maintain a driving position driver-focused, sporty design and that is presented as an elegant option compared to your most direct competitors.
In the Lift everything that is related to the driving is driver-focused. Maserati was very clear that the job of driving of the Ghibli is one of the most applauded by its owners, that is why he has maintained the design and structure for the Lift up keep that idea of sports covert.
the great novelty of The Maserati Levante is its system of all-wheel drive permanent with sharing e-pair from a 50/50 to a 0/100 (front/back). Maserati has designed a system of 8-speed transmission more traction 4×4, the control of which is done using different profiles: ICE, Manual, Sport and Offroad. At the same time it is also possible to integrate a system of air suspension with different heights to overcome all kinds of obstacles.
As could not be otherwise, the classic watch of Maserati is maintained in the new Lift.
At the design level the new Lift now offers new possibilities, a catalogue more extensive, the time to personalize your new Maserati. In this particular unit we find a combination of leathers Cuoio and Nero, along with trim elements in carbon fiber and aluminum.
To those who ask for the space inside, the new Maserati Levante offers dimensions that can comfortably accommodate up to 5 occupants. The space of the rear area is significantly increased compared to the Ghibli, offering space for legs and enough height to heights of more than 1.80 metres. The backrest of the back seats is also tiltable and adjustable in depth.
¿And what about the trunk? The Maserati Levante offers a cargo space of 580 litres, a figure more than enough, but whose best reference point is the availability of a surface of the trunk completely flat, straight lines and great accessibility thanks to its gate that also features electric drive.
The offer mechanics of the Maserati Levante consists of two petrol engines 3.0 V6 Twin-Turbo developed by Ferrari with 350 and 430 HP of maximum power. In addition there is an option on the diesel 3.0 V6 Twin-Turbo with 275 HP which for sure will be the most requested and which, as already happens in the Ghibli will offer a sound that no one will believe that it comes from an engine that uses diesel fuel.
The unit exposed during this photo session was for the Maserati Levante S. This is the configuration more high-end and prestacional. We speak of a propellant capable of reaching 430 HP at 5.750 rpm and 580 Nm of torque between 4,500 and 5,000 rpm. Your top speed is 264 Km/h and offers an acceleration of 0-100 Km/h in 5,2 seconds.
once known the Maserati Levante from all angles, it is time to turn the camera off and reflect on this release. The new SUV from Maserati responds to the demands of the market, a market which is experiencing the fever of the SUV. Maserati expects to almost double its sales with the new Lift, something more than possible seeing what has happened in brands such as Porsche. Only we lack to put us at the controls of the new Maserati Levante to verify if true Maserati has created the SUV more sporty market.