The Maserati Levante—the first SUV in the brand’s more than 100-year history—will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show next week. The new model completes the existing range of saloon and sports cars, extending the offering together with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio models.
The design of the Levante features clear associations with the Maserati brand and its distinctive Italian character: the aggressive front introduces new, tapered headlights separated into two elements, with the upper headlight unit connected to the radiator grille. Maserati’s design signature is clearly visible on the sides: the three, iconic air vents on the front wings, the trapezoidal C-pillar with the “Saetta” logo and the large, frameless door windows. The rear is dominated by the very tapered back window and streamlined shape, both typical of a high-performance sports car.
At a technical level, the Levante’s chassis is designed to combine the outstanding on-road performance typical of every Maserati with excellent off-road performance and ride. The new SUV boasts a high level of content as standard, with all versions featuring: sophisticated electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, which can be set on several levels, “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission specially calibrated for the brand’s new SUV.
The standard Levante model has a V6 engine and goes from 0-62 mph in six seconds, with a top speed of more than 155 mph.
Maserati’s website describes the SUV’s design like “a wave that’s been waiting to take shape, there is pure poetry in the sculpted lines of Levante. Far more than just another example of Maserati’s superb automotive design, Levante features class leading aerodynamics with standard active grill shutters and air suspension that give the vehicle an extraordinarily low drag coefficient while guaranteeing optimal engine cooling in any driving condition.”
The Levante will also be available with in sport or diesel models.
—Christy Hinko contributed to this article