“The one that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant,” is what the latest, 2017 Maserati Levante stands for. This phrase is sufficient in itself to send endless number of fans go drooling over the fact that Maserati has finally come up with its first – ever SUV in the market. Emerging with a fresh energy, the Maserati is hoping to establish a firm status in market through the use of the name, the Levante.
The first in-person look was first of all seen at the 2016 Geneva auto show, 2016, which let all car freaks have a wild ride with an amazing collection of new production and concept cars. All the car buffs waiting to embrace the “natural force” were certainly not disappointed. Fortunately enough, Maserati even revealed the full vehicle information, thereby making it easy for us to gauge their latest addition to the family of Maserati’s.
While initially when the plans about SUV were panned out; Maserati’s intentions were to base it on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, later the automaker decided to choose to use the platform developed for the Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans, instead. The reason, as stated by Maserati, was majorly due to the fact that they wanted the vehicle to accommodate at least the number of people that a normal SUV could accommodate.
The engineers, making use of the liberty granted over them gave the Levante a 50 – 50 weight distribution and the lowest center of gravity in the segment. All Levante models ride on a control – arm suspension with the company’s trademark Skyhook dampers and adjustable air springs.
Besides, you can get your car powered by an engine of your preference, but only if it is a 3.0 litre turbocharged V-6. This should be easy since there are hardly too many options to choose from. You can also select either the two direct – injected gasoline versions or the one diesel six that is capable of churning out at least 271 horsepower and 443 lb – ft. The Levante is further updated with the classic Q4 all – wheel – drive system. It also supposedly offers torque vectoring.
According to Maserati, for zero-to-62-mph acceleration, it merely takes 5.2 seconds when with the 424-hp engine, while for the 345-hp unit, it just takes 6.0 seconds. Moreover, the diesel version is claimed to be hitting just 62 in 6.9 seconds.
A mixture of wood and leather is made to use for the interiors of the cars. You can even customize the interior, according to your choice. You are given an option of up to twenty – eight different color combination. One can choose from the sports package, the luxury package and the Zegna edition, which is said to be a full – leather package. A new infotainment system that is controlled solely by a rotary dial on the center console also add zing to the features list of 2017 Maserati Levante.
The Maserati Levante is slated to be released in the States some time during September along with its price, as well. However, most of the tech-pundits in the tech world say that its price range is expected to be starting from $72,000. So, let’s wait and watch!