Named for the warm winds of the western Mediterranean, the Maserati Levante SUV is as improbable as it is lyrical. But the initial skepticism surrounding the launch of the Italian automaker’s first crossover last fall has diminished as the Levante has proven itself equal and capable shares. This month, Maserati presents two even more upscale versions: GranSport and GranLusso.
The distinctive emblem of the Trident is at the front and center of the upper grip, topped by four slates ending in a dark color. A unique chrome strip runs along the upper edge of the grille, which draws attention to the front LED daytime running lights. These characteristics define the ideal angle to give 2018 Maserati Levantean aggressive and forward-looking look. Higher are the hood lines that give the front a sharp and pointed look. Moving towards the profile, we find a trio of Maserati brand fender vents. Beyond that, there are rearview mirror mirrors, increasingly narrow, whose tip resembles a blade. The finish of the mirror cap is black, a color that is repeated in the extensions of the side skirt at the bottom. The window frames are made of polished chrome. At the rear, there is a trailing edge roof fin, while under the hatch, there are quad exhaust tips placed in a carbon fiber diffuser that gets the Levante just a little closer of the ground.
Inside, the SUV features leather upholstery, wood trim and Maserati’s Touch Control Plus infotainment system with an 8.4-inch screen. The elegant GranLusso trim features open-pore wood trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a choice of Ermenegildo Zegna silk or high-end Italian trim. It also features 12-way power seats, an adjustable steering wheel, Harmon Kardon sound system and navigation. Customers looking for a sportier feel may prefer the other new Levante trim, the GranSport. In addition to its red brake calipers and 20-inch wheels, the GranSport offers carbon trims, shift paddles and sport pedals. Neutral assist, front and rear parking sensors and remote start are standard. Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Roadside Assistance and a 360-degree camera are available.
So far, the 2018 Maserati Levante has been confirmed to carry a 3.0-liter V6, boosted by two 345 horsepower twin-turbochargers for the Levante base model, and 424 horsepower for the Levante S. There are also a diesel, but we do not really care about that. What interests us is the performance, and with 424 ponies to play, the Levante has a lot to offer. At a standstill, the Levante S takes only 5.2 seconds to reach 62 mph, which is not bad for a 4,650-lb SUV.
In the event that it makes the cut, the Levante GTS is expected to fall by 2018. We are setting the price tag around $ 120,000, far above the current top dog Levante S, which goes for $ 83,000.