New model and updated range announced at Goodwood, ahead of first-half 2019 debut for Australia.
The Maserati Levante GTS has made its debut, and will bridge the gap between the top-end Trofeo and the lesser six-cylinder models when it goes on sale.
The Levante GTS is powered a version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 also doing service in the Levante Trofeo. Here the Ferrari-built engine cranks out 410kW of power at 6250rpm, and 730Nm between 2500 and 5000rpm.
Power is funnelled to the ground through a Q4 all-wheel drive system, and an eight-speed ZF automatic. Maserati claims the GTS can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 4.2 seconds, and hit a top speed of 292km/h.
By way of comparison, the 440kW/730Nm Levante Trofeo needs just 3.9 seconds for the 0-100km/h standard, and has a v-max in excess of 300km/h.
In terms of design, the GTS borrows a lot from its Trofeo sibling, including the front and rear bumper designs.
Available features on the GTS include Integrated Vehicle Control, LED matrix headlamps, sports pedals, Pieno Fiore leather, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, and 22-inch alloy wheels.
The entire Levante range gains a slew of small updates, including a refreshed selection of 11 exterior colours, and a redesigned transmission shifter, and its "more intuitive shift pattern", first seen in the Levante Trofeo.
All 2019 Maserati models also feature a revised MTC+ infotainment system, which incorporates new graphics and an improved design for the climate control screens.
The updated line-up will go on sale locally in the first half of 2019, with pricing and specs to be confirmed closer to launch.
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