The all-new 2017 Maserati Levante has been unveiled in Australia for the first time, with its local debut accompanied by full pricing and specification details.
The Italian car maker’s first foray into the SUV market will be available in three versions, starting with the Levante Turbo Diesel from $139,990 before on-road costs, and both the Luxury and Sport variants from $159,990.
Production is due to start in October, with the Levante expected to arrive here in Australia around December. Customer deliveries will begin from January.
Glen Sealey, chief operating officer for Maserati Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, has confirmed orders are now into the triple digits. Around 500-600 examples will be made available to Australia and New Zealand, with the Kiwis expected to take around 10 per cent of those.
Sealey says the focus in developing the Levante was on maintaining key Maserati characteristics in the new vehicle, while expanding into completely new territory.
“First and foremost, Maserati has designed a new Maserati. A new model that delivers, like all its predecessors, superlative style, performance, handling and road holding combined with unique levels of personalization to produce a true Maserati,” Sealey said at today’s unveiling.
“At the same time, it adds the space and flexibility of an SUV with real off-road ability without compromising any of those essential Maserati attributes.”
For the foreseeable future, it will only be available with a three-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel producing 202kW at 4000rpm and 600Nm between 2000 and 2600rpm, teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Based on the Maserati sedan platform, this coupe-style SUV features lightweight aluminium in the chassis, body and suspension, with a 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.
Features include the Maserati Q4 all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring and enhanced stability program for both on- and off-road conditions.
When driving in normal conditions, torque will be sent to the rear axle. But, in the space of just 150 milliseconds, torque can be split to optimise handling in a range of conditions.
The Levante has a double wishbone front and five-link rear suspension set-up, with adjustable air suspension offering a variable height range of eight centimetres, and a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle.
The Levante will offer a range of drive modes to tackle not only off-road conditions and urban environments, but also cater to those with a desire for sporting performance.
All will come with a raft of safety features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, surround view camera, trailer sway control, hill descent control and hill start assist. There are ISOFIX attachment points on both outboard rear seats and six airbags.
The Levante’s fuel consumption figures are listed at a claimed 7.2L/100km, while the 0-100km/h sprint is promised to be sorted out in 6.9 seconds.
The nitty-gritty hauling aspects include a 580-litre rear storage capacity with the back seats up, and a braked towing capacity of 2700kg.
Standard equipment also includes dual-zone climate control, wipers with rain sensor, keyless entry, outer rear ISOFIX attachment points, reclining rear seats, start/stop system, Maserati Active Sound system that features two sound actuators near exhaust tailpipes to enhance the engine note and adjust them depending on which driving mode is selected.
As you would expect, there is a raft of customisation options, including wood, carbon-fibre or high-gloss interior finishes, and a Zegna pack that adds silk. A full 28 interior colour combinations are available including single or dual colour leather.
The Levante also scores LED daytime lights, indicators and fog lights, as well as bi-xenon headlights. There are thirteen colours available with three of them unique to the model.
You can even choose to add an Alcantara lined roof, or a full-leather option that sees the door panels and dash completely upholstered in leather.
Contrast stitching is available for seat and headrests, and there’s also a range of optional coloured brake callipers including blue, silver, yellow and red.
Genuine Accessories available for Levante include
2016 Maserati Levante pricing (before on-road costs):
Levante Turbo Diesel – $139,990
Levante Luxury – $159,990
Levante Sport – $159,990