New entry-level petrol model joins the Italian SUV range for 2019.
Ateco Australia has announced pricing and specs for the new base Maserati Levante, set to cost $125,000 before on-road costs.
Power in the base Levante comes from a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine making 257kW of power and 500Nm of torque, for a 6.0-second sprint to 100km/h and a 251km/h top speed. It's hooked up exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission, putting power to all four wheels through the brand's Q4 system, complete with a limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
The engine breathes through a bi-modal exhaust, designed to make sure the base Levante sounds like a proper Maserati.
A set of 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, along with niceties like an electric tailgate, hand-stitched leather interior trim, heated front seats with 12-way electric adjustment, and piano black dashboard trim.
Maserati's MTC+ infotainment system is standard, complete with satellite navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Blind-spot monitoring, a rear-view camera, parking sensors at all four corners, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and auto-dipping mirrors are also included in the price of entry.
Along with the base car, Maserati will offer the Levante in new GranSport and GranLusso trims, both of which are priced from $159,900 before on-roads. The former brings unique exterior trim, inspired by the Levante GTS, along with a sportier interior finish.
The latter gets a softer exterior finish, subbing the gloss black grille and aggressive lower air intake treatment for chrome-highlighted components. The diffuser on the GranLusso is less pronounced than that of the GranSport, too.
Along with the new base petrol, the 2019 Levante range has been treated to some (very) mild updates. The automatic gear selector has been revised to deliver a shorter throw, and full-LED matrix headlights have been added to the options list for the first time.
2019 Maserati Levante pricing
- Levante - $125,000
- Levante GranLusso/GranSport - $159,990
- Levante Turbo Diesel - $139,990
- Levante Turbo Diesel GranLusso/GranSport - $159,990
- Levante S - $179,990
- Levante S GranLusso/GranSport - $189,990
All prices exclude on-road costs.