The wind that bears its name blows across the Mediterranean and can change from benign calm to gale force in an instant. The Maserati SUV has a similar nature, although its powerful forces always remain under perfect control.
The Levante SUV embodies the enduring, intrepid and endlessly progressive spirit of Maserati – and it’s part of a story that dates back over 100 years. Maserati has a history of naming its cars after the world’s most famous winds. It started in 1963 with the legendary Mistral. Then came the Ghibli, the Bora and the Khamsin. And now the Levante joins the Maserati hall of fame.
With the GranLusso, the styling and trim are more focused on luxury. With the GranSport, it’s more about directly engaging dynamics. Each offers important new advanced driver assistance features, a significant power boost for the Maranello-built V6 petrol engine and an innovative new power steering system.
A new journey has begun – with the Maserati of SUVs.
The protection plates beneath the front bumper – a feature that clearly signposts the four-by-four potential – have a striking metallic finish. The roof rails have a metallic trim, too. The GranLusso badge is impeccably integrated into the bases of the front wings.
The GranLusso offers front Comfort seats with extensive 12- way power adjustment and a memory function for instant access to pre-set configurations. There is also the choice of either full premium Italian leather or Zegna Silk Edition upholstery, both complemented beautifully by Radica open-pore wood trim. Additionally, the power-adjustable steering wheel is finished in fine wood.
At the front, the large and assertive front grille is finished in highly polished Black Piano or, optionally, in chrome. The protection plates beneath the front bumper and the roof rails have the same assertive Piano Black trim. The model name “GranSport” appears at the base of each front wing, while soft- close doors are a welcome extra.
The body-hugging front Sport seats offer excellent support as well as 12-way power adjustment and a memory function. There’s also a firmly bolstered powered Sport steering wheel with multi-function buttons, brushed chrome gearshift paddles and power foot pedals with the purist aluminium Sport finish.
Elegant Italian style, meticulously crafted finishes and a unique, race-bred energy that inspires long-distance, luxurious travel.
There is also a liberating feeling of all-round space on board, which may come as a surprise given the coupé-like exterior proportions.
The seats, front and rear, are hand-stitched and finished in sumptuous leather. Maserati has partnered with Ermenegildo Zegna, one of the world’s leading luxury menswear brand and producer of the finest fabrics.
The finest leather is combined with Zegna’s mulberry silk inserts on the seats, door panels, roof lining, sunshades and ceiling light fixture. The silk is embellished by a hand-stitched micro-chevron pattern while the seating features a central silk insert with a macro-chevron weave. Door panels, roof lining and sun visor are covered with Zegna silk jersey.
All switches and controls fall easily and intuitively to hand.
The speedometer and rev counter, housed in a leather-finished binnacle, are large and backlit with white light to ensure crisp clarity at all times.
There’s also a 7" TFT display presenting essential driving data.
To ensure that it can play its dual role of luxury SUV and go-anywhere four-by-four, the Maserati Levante features some of the most sophisticated air suspension technology in the
Along with its advanced four-wheel drive technology, the Levante also benefits from an advanced active air suspension system that raises or lowers the vehicle according to need or preference. With six settings to choose from (including Park), the driver can select whatever height is appropriate for the road or terrain, from a high clearance for more challenging off-roading to a low setting for efficient and smooth motorway driving.
The Levante is the only SUV in its class equipped with mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) at the rear axle. Fitted as standard, it guarantees the best traction in all driving situations. The asymmetric locking feature offers 25 per cent lock-up under power and 35 per cent under release.
The 8.4” MTC+ unit takes pride of place at the centre of the Levante dashboard. It is designed to help the driver maintain focus on the road ahead. MTC+ can be operated in three ways: via the multi-touchscreen, the rotary control in the central console, or through voice commands. The state-of-the-art system also features both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® mirroring functions. In addition, for iPhone® users, Apple’s SIRI® system acts as a personal assistant.
Harman Kardon Premium Sound system: 12-channel 900-watt amplifier, delivering rich and detailed sound quality, whatever the source: be it radio, MP3 player, iPhone® or audio streaming device. The 14 high-powered speakers are carefully sited throughout the cabin, promising sublime sound for all on board.
Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound system: seventeen speakers, with mid- range drivers and rear-woofers made from Kevlar®, have been strategically built into the SUV’s architecture, while a 1,280-watt amplifier ensures immersive sound for all on board.