The Global Premiere Of Maserati's First SUV

Press Release
Photography From Maserati, North Amercia
published March 1st, 2016, Press Release

March 1, 2016- (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) – Maserati has chosen the 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show to introduce the first SUV in its hundred-year history: the Levante.

As with many Maseratis from the past, the new car's name is inspired by a wind: the Levante is a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV. The Levante is the ideal complement to the Maserati range. Combined with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranTurismo Convertible, the range now covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market.

The interior has been created with the finest materials, most exquisite to the touch, from optional premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process. The spaciousness of the interior, enhanced by the available panoramic electric sunroof, is combined with coupé-sleek external lines and the best aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31. The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, further evolved and refined to meet the expectations of this market segment, in which Maserati will compete for the first time....

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The Levante is fitted with a 3.0 liter V6 Twin-Turbo gasoline engine with either 345hp or 424hp. All engines are combined with the “Q4” intelligent all-wheel drive system - which can transfer torque between the axles instantaneously when required - and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop System. In terms of performance, the Levante S (424hp) covers 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 164 mph. The Levante (345hp) accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 156 mph. The human-machine interface (HMI) on board is based on an evolution of the Maserati Touch Control system, completely updated to offer even more functionality and convenience: the 8.4” high-resolution screen is capacitive, and can – in addition to the touch system - be operated using the new rotary control knob in the central tunnel. A wide range of sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems is available, including adaptive cruise control with automatic Stop & Go function, forward collision warning, automatic brake assist system and lane departure warning. Further options include blind spot alert, park assist and a surround view camera. Visit Maserati's website for more information.

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