The Levante is the first all-terrain vehicle that Maserati markets. It is available with two engines, one Diesel of 275 hp (Levante Diesel) and another of petrol of 430 hp (Levante S). Both have six cylinders placed in uve, 3.0 liters of displacement and supercharging . The gearbox is always automatic torque converter and eight ratios and four wheel drive.
Because of its size – measuring 5.00 meters in length – and because of the sporty nature that Maserati says the Levante has, it is an alternative to cars like the BMW X6 , Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé , Land Rover Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne .
The Diesel version is on sale from 84 500 €. It is more expensive than a BMW X6 xDrive40d (313 hp) and a Porsche Cayenne Diesel (262 hp) and costs practically the same as a Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 (306 hp). A Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé 350d (258 hp) is cheaper.
The 275 hp Diesel engine allows the lift to accelerate quickly, although an X6 xDrive30d of 258 hp is faster. Fuel consumption is high in absolute terms, but normal compared to its alternatives by size and power. This engine has a less refined operation than the Diesel of the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne.
The Maserati Levante S, the version with the petrol engine of 430 hp, is on sale for 107 400 €, a price higher than the BMW X6 xDrive50i (449 hp) and Porsche Cayenne S (420 hp), but lower To the Cayenne GTS (441 hp).
The distance between axles -3.00 m- is greater than that of most of the aforementioned models, which is why Maserati says that its Passenger compartment is especially spacious so that three adults can comfortably fit in the rear seats. The sensation we had when we climbed into it is that behind it there is enough room for two passengers of tall stature, but the width and shape of the back seat are not suitable for three. Moreover, according to our measurements , the back row of the Levant is one of the narrowest among its alternatives. An Audi Q7 is a much more advisable option for anyone who gives importance to the space of the rear seats. The volume of the trunk is 580 liters, inferior to many of its alternatives.
The suspension is of multi-arm type in both axes and its geometry is derived from the one of the Ghibli , as it happens with the rest of the platform. The shock absorbers are of variable hardness and the springs are of pneumatic type. The ride comfort is good, although the one of an Audi Q7 is better, and the dynamic reactions in curve are correct, but it is noticed that it is a heavy car and does not invite to make a sport driving.
The height of the body can be adjusted in six different positions, although only five are used to move, the remaining, the lowest, is a parking position that aims to facilitate access to the passenger compartment. The traction system makes the torque distribution between both wheel axles by means of a multi- disc clutch whose coupling is controlled electronically. In normal conditions of adhesion, 100% of the torque is received by the wheels of the rear axle. If the system detects traction losses it deflects a variable part of that torque – up to a maximum of 50% – to the front wheels.
The standard equipment includes a tailgate with automatic opening and closing, a multimedia system with 8.4-inch screen, a sound system with eight loudspeakers, speed programmer , Hill descent function – is intended To use outside the asphalt and serves to maintain a predetermined speed of descent in steep slopes, a climatizador of two zones and, in the Levante S version, leather upholstery.
The headlamps are made of xenon (there are LEDs for daytime running lights) and have as standard the function of lighting in a curve and, optionally, that of adaptive lighting , which can be configured by the driver depending on the type of track and the conditions with That circulates – by highway, road, town, with bad weather conditions or even in another country where it is circulated by the opposite lane. Other available options are pedals whose position is regulated, a keylock for the glove compartment, a climate control with adjustments for passengers in the rear seats, a panoramic glass roof and electric blinds in the rear windows.
There is an optional package called Sport that includes 20-inch wheels, sport-type seats, rear shift levers, pedals and gear knob in metallic finish, black painted body trim and red brake callipers. With the optional Luxury package the body moldings are chrome, the wheels are 19 inches with the black tweezers, there are metallic trims on the door thresholds, the rear windows are darkened, the seats are 12 regulations intended for Comfort, the moldings are made of wood and the sound equipment is the manufacturer Harman Kardon. There is also the possibility to customize the interior of the Levante with more options for the Luxury level through the package Zegna Edition.
There are thirteen body colors available, 28 interior color combinations and four tire sizes depending on the version, which are 18 or 19 inches in series and optionally 20 or 21. Be fitted, at the customer\’s request, with all-season tires. Body moldings and roof rails on the roof may have a metallic finish or be painted in black.
The car \’s aerodynamic coefficient (Cx) is 0.31, a good figure, but not the best among SUVs of its size – the Volvo XC90 has a Cx of 0.29. One of the elements that Maserati uses to achieve this figure are moving plates placed between the grill and the radiator, which are closed when there is no need for airflow to cool the engine (a solution that is used in many other cars). The windows have no frame, a detail that is common in coupes, but not in SUVs.
Maserati claims to have used “heavily” aluminum in the chassis and bodywork, material made from the bonnet, the doors, the tailgate and the suspension. The mass of Levante S is lower than the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne comparable, however Levante Diesel is higher than the X6 xDrive30d, Cayenne Diesel, Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6 and Audi Q7 3.0 TDI.
Maserati manufactures the Levante at the Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy. In 2012 introduced the Kubang , another off-road vehicle based on the prototype Maserati Kubang GT Wagon of 2003 , that finally did not happen to production.