The Levante is a wind that blows in the Mediterranean with the interesting trait of instantly changing from calm to gale force. Just like its namesake, the Maserati Levante was designed to be a force of nature capable of blowing you away with that dual experience of soothing calm within its luxurious interiors and an exciting whirlwind of speed on the road.
While winds are by nature an invisible force, the Levante’s powerful presence is immediately felt and seen in its eye-catching exterior with the front grille bearing the prestigious Maserati trident logo. The Levante’s outward design is once again marked by a duality of having a muscular form balanced with graceful lines. Compared with other SUVs, the Levante has a coupé-like exterior and a low stance making it aesthetically attractive.
The Levante’s advanced active air suspension system raises or lowers the vehicle according to need or preference. The driver can select from six height options to adjust to varying road or terrain conditions—from a high clearance for off-roading to a low setting for fast, efficient and smooth motorway driving.
Apart from a low centre of gravity that enables gliding at top speeds, the Levante is powered by V6 or V8 engines with automatic 8-gears transmission. The petrol V6 engine variant that I drove has 350 horsepower (hp) that can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in six seconds with a maximum speed of 251 km/h. Other variants are available for those who want to drive “as fast as the wind”. There are the Levante S with 430hp V6 engine, acceleration in 5.2 seconds, max speed of 264 km/h; the Levante GTS with 530hp V8 engine, acceleration in 4.2 seconds, max speed of 291 km/h; and the Levante Trofeo (the fastest Maserati SUV there is) with 580hp V8 engine, acceleration in 3.9 seconds, max speed of 304 km/h. For those willing to trade-off fuel efficiency for speed, the Levante Diesel has a 275hp V6 engine with a still impressive acceleration of 6.9 seconds and top speed of 230 km/h.
The sports car-like capabilities of the Levante embody the Maserati passion for speed, and an effort to pattern all Maserati models after a unique formula offering race-bred performance, bespoke Italian design and the luxuries of a grand tourer. The Levante is thus a cross-over in all respects—it has the speed of a sports car and the aptitude of an SUV; its well-appointed cabin is like luxury sedans while its durable exterior is comparable to SUVs of its class.
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