The high-riding Maserati has finally come to India.
Italian luxury carmaker, Maserati, has launched the Levante SUV in India priced between Rs. 1.45 crore and 1.53 crore (ex-showroom, pan-India).
The Levante is the first and the only SUV in Maserati’s global lineup and was revealed in early 2016. High-riding it might be, but Levante has all the characteristic elements of a Maserati – aggressively tapered headlights, a massive radiator grille with vertical chrome slots, frameless doors, tapered back window and a stubby rear end.
The interior of the Levante boasts of premium leather, fine woods, platinum-effect metals, handcrafted contrast stitching and much more. The SUV also comes with premium optional upgrades that include sound systems created in association with Bowers & Wilkins or Harman Kardon. The cabin of the Levante is designed by the fashion house of Ermenegildo Zegna.
Technology wise, the Levante sports adjustable suspension with electronically controlled damping and four corner air-springs with five different ride levels. Furthermore, electronic aids like Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) package, which includes new active functions such as Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, come standard.
For Indian market, the 2018 Levante is fitted with a 3.0-litre, V6 turbo-diesel engine good for generating 271bhp of power and 600Nm of torque. This motor can make the Levante sprint from 0 to100km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top whack of 230km/h. An 8-speed automatic gearbox comes standard that can channel power to all four wheels through Maserati’s ‘Q4’ all-wheel-drive system. Globally, the SUV is also available with a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, but that has been given a miss in India.
The Maserati Levante is available in India in three trim levels – base, GranSport and GranLusso. Customers will also have the option to configure the appearance of the exterior and the interior of the SUV using the virtual Maserati configurator.