Maserati grows Levante luxury SUV range

From little things big things grow – so the popular Paul Kelly song goes. The same could be said for Maserati’s SUV, the Levante.

Originally launched with 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 only, the MY (Model Year) 18 range has grown to include a twin turbo 321kW V6 petrol engine (Levante S) and GranSport and GranLusso versions of both engine variants. All use an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As their names suggest, the GranSport and GranLusso boast equipment, trim and specification packages directed at sporting prowess and luxury refinement, respectively.

For 2018, all versions gain advanced safety features including Electric Power Steering enabling active ADAS, Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and 360-degree camera and more that were previously optional.

Maserati is claiming best in class – or near to – status in several areas:

  • With a drag coefficient of just 0.31, aerodynamic efficiency.
  • Lowest centre of gravity.
  • Interior space. The rear seats comfortably accommodate three passengers. Cargo load is 580 litres.
  • The only car in its class equipped with a mechanical LSD at the rear axle. Fitted as standard, it guarantees optimal traction in all driving situations, with the asymmetric locking feature offering 25% lock-up under power and 35% under release.

The Levante’s aluminium double-wishbone, five-link suspension layout comprises standard air springs and electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers. There are six different height levels, which the driver can alter via a rocker switch or by choosing different driving modes on the central console.

Stopping power is taken care of by Brembo 6-piston calipers at the front and 42 mm floating calipers at the rear.