Maserati has launched the 2018 Maserati Levante S in Australia, rounding out the luxury Italian SUV’s lineup locally.
Two new versions of the Levante, the GranSport and GranLusso, are also available (see pricing below).
Complementing the Levante diesel, the new Levante S is powered by a twin-turbo V6 petrol producing 321kW (430 bhp) at 5,750 rpm and 580Nm between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm (in Sport mode).
Designed and built in conjunction with Ferrari, the direct injection twin-turbo V6 makes 500Nm in Normal mode, which rises to 580Nm in Sport.
Thanks to stop-start tech, the engine is Euro 6-compliant, yet its specific torque of 194Nm per litre makes it the best in the luxury SUV class, as well as the specific power (144hp/L). Fuel use is listed at 10.9L/100km.
The V6 propels the big SUV to 100kmh in 5.2 seconds, and if you’ve got the space, you’ll hit 264kmh before aerodynamics stop you.
Backing up the engine is the brilliant eight-speed ZF automatic, Maserati’s “Q4” all-wheel-drive setup and mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring.
Air suspension allows the Levante S to be able to raise its ride height to suit off-road conditions, but also to drop at higher speed, aiding stability. A 75 mm ride height difference from its lowest position while driving to its highest is possible.
All Levante models now get electric steering, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and 360 degree camera as standard.
The Levante’s design still gives a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.31, helped by an automatic shutter in the grille which closes at certain speeds and opens to aid cooling.
The Levante runs with an 8.4-inch Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) display – better known as the uConnect system – and inside three abreast is easy across the back seat. The luggage space is 580 litres.
And then, of course, there’s the new Levante Trofeo version coming soon with a turbocharged V8. We don’t have pricing on that yet, but one things for sure – it won’t be cheap.
Levante Key features
- Electric Power Steering enabling active ADAS
- Highway Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Active Blind Spot Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- 360 degree camera
- Advanced technology for Maserati performance on and off the road:
- Ideal 50:50 weight distribution
- Lowest centre of gravity in its segment
- Double-wishbone/five-link suspension layout
- Air Spring Suspension with variable ride height
- Electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers as standard
- Unique luxury and personalization features including standard Zegna silk interior in the new Levante GranLusso
2018 Maserati Levante Pricing
Levante Turbo Diesel – $139,990
Levante GranSport Turbo Diesel – $159,990
Levante GranLusso Turbo Diesel – $159,990
Levante S – $169,990
Levante S GranSport – $179,900
Levante S GranLusso – $179,990