Maserati's first SUV receives its eagerly-anticipated world unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show
March 1, 2016- (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) Maserati has chosen the 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show to introduce the first SUV in its hundred-year history: the Levante.
As with many Maseratis from the past, the new car's name is inspired by a wind: the Levante is a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.
The Levante is the ideal complement to the Maserati range. Combined with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible, the range now covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market.
Design, Exclusivity and Performance are the key characteristics for describing this new Maserati. Distinctively Italian in style, the Levante possesses breathtaking and iconic Maserati design features.
The interior has been created with the finest materials, most exquisite to the touch, from optional premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process.
The spaciousness of the interior, enhanced by the available panoramic electric sunroof, is combined with coup-sleek external lines and the best aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31.
The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, further evolved and refined to meet the expectations of this market segment, in which Maserati will compete for the first time.
The technology applied to every Levante is designed to offer outstanding performances both on- and off-road. A sophisticated suspension - double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined with Skyhook electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs providing 5 dynamic ride levels (plus one additional park-position) - plays an essential role in the car's handling.
Furthermore, with the lowest center of gravity in its class, perfectly balanced weight distribution (50-50) between front and rear, high levels of dynamic torsional and flexional stiffness, and a mechanical self-locking rear differential as standard, when driven on-road, the Levante delivers all the performance and emotion typical of every Maserati.
The gleaming silvery trident has been thrust into the truck genre in a way that stays true to the Modenese boutiques strongest selling points.
-Refers to the Levante as the closest thing to a Ferrari off-roader that well ever get
The vehicle stays true to Maseratis strongest selling points and offers character that is distinct from every SUV that has preceded it.
Speaks positively of the engines and the transmission
Describes the sound of the engine as distinctly Italian and praises the hydraulic assist steering, declaring that both are feature that distinguish the Levante from the German competitors
Gives high marks for off-road features, such as suspension, Q4, torque transfer, limited slip rear differential, etc.
Describes the infotainment system as a major upgrade over Ghibli and specifically praises the center control knob
All-around positive description of the interiors, including comfort, leather feel, and Zegna option