Maserati’s mission statement is to “Build ultra-luxury performance automobiles with timeless Italian style, accommodating bespoke interiors, and effortless, signature sounding power”.
The global SUV market is strong and growing, and the idea of an Italian luxury crossover was too seductive to ignore. And Maserati’s first offering, the Levante, has very strong powers of seduction…
The imposing shape of the Levante is dramatic and the interior is every bit as radical as the exterior. In the front two distinct cocoons are created, one for the driver and one for the passenger. Relax with large instrument cowls, pared-down instruments and refreshingly few switches. You have within easy reach all the functions and information you need but without excessive decoration or visual ‘noise’.
This smooth, even minimalistic, approach does not mean less luxury or comfort. It must be clearly stated here and now that the Levante interior is absolutely gorgeous, with the very best materials fashioned in ergonomic beauty and comfort by Italy’s finest craftsmen.
Even more dedicated followers of fashion can specify the special Ermenegildo Zegna edtion. This partnership with another 100-year old company of craftsmen creates a Maserati with irrestible style, perfect for the most discerning. The finest leather, combined with Zegna’s silk inserts, provide colour combinations with contrasting stitching. Glorious!
But this is not a 19th century drawing room. This is a 21st century powerhouse of motoring luxury and performance. And a truly global contender it is; look at the names involved: Ferrari for the engine, ZF gearbox, Brembo brakes, the 17-speaker audio system from world-renowned Bowers & Wilkins, the latest touchscreen technology and the closest integration with your iPhone and its ecosystem.
Refer back to the opening mission statement. All that remains to discuss is the signature sound. It is absolutely unique and it makes this Maserati Levante instantly recognisable. Put your foot down and immediately the wolf’s roar goes out.
Heads will turn, caught by the sound and then by the look. Welcome to the Maserati of SUVs!
ENGINE 3.0 litre Twin Turbo DOHC 24-valve V6
MAX POWER 350 hp (257 kW) @ 5,750 rpm
MAX TORQUE 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) from 4,500 rpm
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 6.0 seconds
(The Levante S produces 430 hp, gets to 100 kph in 5.2 secs and has a maimum speed of 264 kph)
TRANSMISSION Eight-speed automatic with All Wheel Drive ATC (Active Transfer case)
EXTERIOR Instantly recognisable as a Maserati, the bold and aggressive SUV has the trademark long and bulging bonnet, the biggest Maserati has ever created, boasting a vast concave grille displaying the legendary ‘Neptune’s Trident’ logo; muscular haunches and high-cut wheel arches emphasise Lavante’s toughness and performance – and thanks to skilful sculpture it retains the essential elegance and fluidity of all this iconic sports car company’s designs
INTERIOR All-round serenity reigns supreme in an atmosphere of unsurpassed luxury; smooth lines and the finest materials deliver the ultimate in driving ease and comfort; plenty of convenient yet discreet storage places and the latest electronics including large displays and ergonomic controls
SAFETY Brembo disc brakes, Maserati Stability Programme, Rear Cross Path Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – some of the systems promoting ease of mind in the ultimate SUV
The new Maserati Levante is so new and unique, you have to not only see it, but touch it! Pay a visit to the showroom in Medina Centrqle on The Pearl-Qatar where the staff at Alfardan Sports Motors will be pleased to show you everything and even arrange a test drive of the Maserati Levante or any of its range of fabulous sports cars and SUVs.
For more information, visit Maserati Qatar showroom in Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar. You may also call 800 0003 or 4406 5601 or log on to Maserati Qatar website
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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