Maserati Launches SUV
Maserati selected the Geneva International Motor Show to introduce its first SUV – 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 a howling wind in an instant. The Levante is a natural complement to the Maserati range which now has an SUV to go along with its two sedans, GT coupe and GT convertible.
The Levante will be available with two different turbo-charged engine choices – a 3.5 liter twin turbo and a 3 liter turbo-diesel gasoline. All engines are combined with an intelligent all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The fastest of the Levante will be able to sprint from zero to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds. A wide range of sophisticated driver assistance systems are fitted to the SUV, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic brake assist system and lane departure warning. Further options include a blind spot alert, surround view camera and a powerlift tailgate.
The Levante will be built in a dedicated area of the Mirafiori plant in Turin. The first cars have already come off the assembly line and the market launch is planned for this spring in Europe. The list price in the U.S. is expected to be around $72,000.