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.
At the front, the aggressively sculpted front grille with its chromed bars is more imposing than ever, given the elevated SUV proportions. At the same time, it retains the timeless grace of Maserati, with the noble Trident of Neptune leading the way forward. At each side, the narrowed, forward-focus of the two-part headlights also catches the eye.
These lead the gaze across the muscular, arching front wings to the iconic triple air vents and upper character lines. The Saetta logo in the steeply tapered, coupé-like rear section is another unmistakable Maserati styling signature.
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.
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.