Well guys something new is here „the Maserati of SUVs“as Maserati calls its new 2017 Levante. This is probably something none of us really expected to see, because the original Maserati Kubang concept was conceived in 2003 and another one revealed in 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and since that there was not much that implied that the mighty silver trident will transfer to Crossover SUV segment, but we guess we were wrong. The 2017 Maserati Levante, which Levante stands for warm Mediterranean wind, is what Maserati needs to keep up in this segment, because there are a lot of buyers transferring from standard luxury and sports cars to crossovers and SUVs.
2017 Maserati Levante interior design
As it is Italians brought us something really nice this time too. They have paid attention to the criticism of the Ghibli and made sure not to make these mistakes again with the 2017 Levante. As you can imagine the fine side of Italian elegance made it into the interior of 2017 Maserati Levante where you have a five star elegance inside of your ride. Famous French stitching and leather are almost everywhere and they are impeccable. Newer plastic materials have been used to replace old ones that gave a “cheap” feel, than there are options for wood or carbon fiber trim inside.
Also included is a standard 8.4 inch display with navigation controlled by a knob on central console that uses Chrysler UConnect system, heated and vented seats, dual zone AC and a lot more luxury stuff than u can imagine. Seats have also been redone for additional comfort and sporty look both front and back, and a good news is that the entire interior is highly customizable where there will be up to 28 color packages combined with possibly two trims, by alleged rumors, Sport – with sport seats, luxury exterior, 20 inch wheels and a Luxury package – more bling outside, 19 inch wheels, wooden trim and much more.
As I previously mentioned the Maserati Levante 2017 is based on the Kubang concept that was first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, which means that it looks similar to it. I say similar because it has some exterior characteristic but the design of the Levante 2017 has gone far from the concept. Maserati added a little more prominent front to it with a little stronger “chin”, nicer and slicker narrow front headlights with nice details in them, unique fender vents that are a clear reference to the Ghibli and Quattro-porte, rear spoiler and rear lights, as well as large hexagonal grill and heavily contoured hood.
From the side it looks very athletic and streamlined which makes it significantly different from its bulky rivals. Another novelty is automatically closing grille shutter which helps it reaching smaller coefficient of drag (0.31 which is according to Maserati low for SUV).
Maserati also brags that 2017 Maserati Levante has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution that makes it even more agile and stable at the same time, adjustable air suspension that will come as a standard, with four levels of ride height (Normal, Sport and Off Road) plus one for parking, allegedly, that supposed to indulge even the most demanding buyers.
2017 Levvante Engine and price
New Maserati Levante runs on Ghibli`s pretty small but fierce 3.0L twin turbo V6 engine with two sets of HP that you can choose from, it will be reflected on the price of course, 345HP with 369 lb-ft of torque and 424HP with 428 lb-ft of torque. The 424HP engine is from Ghibli S, and after some minor tinkering, adjustments and changes to the Levante`s exhaust and intake they came up with 20HP increase. According to the factory data the 62 MPH sprint takes about 5.0 for the 424HP engine and 5.8 for the 345HP one.
We also received some information that the Levante prototype has been built on the 3.8L V8 523HP Quattro-porte which is a beast of an engine but rumors are that Maserati isn’t thinking about producing it. Maserati will also offer a 3.0L V6 271HP and 443 lb-ft of torque diesel version of 2017 Maserati Levante, but it seems that it is not planned for the US market which is great information since nobody here will hold a grudge for sure. All of these engines will come with 8 speed ZF automatic transmission as standard with limited slip differential and Maserati Q4 AWD.
Release date and price
Release date for the new Levante in Europe is marked for some time this spring and US markets are supposed to get the taste of the 2017 Levante sometime this late summer, and as for the price, we can expect initial price to be somewhere from $72.000 for the weakest engineandtrim and possibly over $100.000 for the top engine and trim.
Read more on this site. http://www.caranddriver.com/maserati/levante
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