Vehicle of the Week: 2018 Maserati Levante
The design concept of the Levante combines coupé lines with interior space for five people and exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. The Maserati of SUVs is instantly recognizable from a distance, thanks to its imposing grille, which was inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept, but also pays homage to historic Maserati cars like the Tipo 60 Birdcage.
The silhouette flows along the side of the car from the feline headlights to the characteristic Maserati rear pillar, creating a coupé look that is enhanced by frameless doors – a characteristic feature of modern Maserati cars. The muscular shape of the rear haunches underscores the car’s genuinely Italian style.
This unmistakable Levante design has reached new levels of sportiness in the new top-of-the-range GTS and Trofeo versions, which have also been a source of inspiration for the restyling of the GranSport exterior. The elegant, sport-oriented restyling is focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper.
On the new V8 versions and on the GranSport badged Levante, the side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. The side bezel blades and the splitter help to improve the airflow distribution.
The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper horizontal element and lower extractor that embrace the exhaust tips, which are also distinguishing features of the V8 equipped versions for their oval shape – with a dark finish those in the Trofeo version.
Alongside the sportier bumpers, the GranSport exterior is also discernible for the front and rear Black Piano inserts, the GranSport badges on the front fenders, the red brake calipers, and the 20-inch Nereo wheels.
While the exterior of the baseline V6 versions remains the same, the characteristic features of the GranLusso trim are elegant chrome inserts in the front fascia, chrome front/rear skid plates, body-color rear spoiler, black-painted brake calipers, 19-inch Zefiro alloy wheels, and GranLusso badges on the fenders.
The range-topping V8 versions feature a specific front grille with double vertical bars, respectively in specific chrome and black piano finish on GTS and Trofeo. Characteristic features are also the honeycomb mesh fascia, the body-coloured door handles, and the red-painted brake calipers.
The Trofeo easily stands out for its polished racing look featuring ultralight high-gloss carbon-fiber exterior elements on the front splitter, the side blades, the side skirt inserts, and the rear extractor – as well as for the optional 22-inch Orione forged aluminum wheels, the largest ever fitted in a Maserati.
The Trofeo also stands out for its sportier engine bonnet, featuring two heat extractors for better cylinder head cooling. The specific engine cover is an artwork on its own, made of high-gloss carbon fiber, featuring a V8 inscription and the iconic Trident. Cylinder heads and intake manifolds are painted red and to top it off, a dedicated “Saetta” Trofeo logo adorns the iconic c-pillar of the flagship Levante.
530hp to 590hp 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8
Maserati installed an upgraded version of its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of the Levante to deliver two of the fastest SUVs ever built. It is for the first time that Maserati mates the mighty Twin Turbo V8 with its Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.
Integrated Vehicle Control and Active ADAS
The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) function has been incorporated in the Maserati Stability Program control for the first time in the Levante range, while the optional active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems provide Level 2 autonomous driving technology.
The new V8 versions have introduced the Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) function as a standard feature in the entire Levante range. Developed in collaboration with Bosch, the IVC is capable to prevent rather than simply correct loss of control, providing enhanced active safety and better dynamics.
IVC uses a smart, feed-forward controller that predicts driving situations and adapts the engine speed and brakes accordingly. The system helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle, instead of simply correcting driver mistakes as traditional ESP systems do.
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