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Italian Innovation

With the introduction of Maserati Levante, the Italian brand finally completes its lineup for the first time

Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer Maserati has enjoyed a long history. It was founded in Bologna by Alfieri Maserati in 1941 as a mechanical workshop. In 1926, Maserati was transformed from a workshop that modifies the vehicles of other companies into a company that designs, builds, and sells its own. Somewhere along the way, the Maserati brothers adopted the symbol of the Trident, and made it into the iconic logo of the company. At the end of the 1930s, Maserati moved to Modena, to the current site in Viale Ciro Menotti when it was acquired by Adolfo Orsi’s company.

Italian luxury vehicle manufacturer Maserati has enjoyed a long history. It was founded in Bologna by Alfieri Maserati in 1941 as a mechanical workshop. In 1926, Maserati was transformed from a workshop that modifies the vehicles of other companies into a company that designs, builds, and sells its own. Somewhere along the way, the Maserati brothers adopted the symbol of the Trident, and made it into the iconic logo of the company. At the end of the 1930s, Maserati moved to Modena, to the current site in Viale Ciro Menotti when it was acquired by Adolfo Orsi’s company.

In 2014, the company celebrated its centennial. It presented a special concept car named after the founder of the company, the Alfieri. More recently, the company made its foray into new and exclusive features by collaborating with Ermenegildo Zegna for the interiors.

Yet in its 102 years of existence, Maserati has not released an SUV model. Until this year.

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Named after the warm Mediterranean wind that can change from mild to gale force in an instant, the Maserati Levante SUV exemplifies this trait through its unique on-road drivability and competitive off-road capabilities.

Based on Italian-style aesthetics, the Levante design allows the rare combination of spaciousness, coupé lines, and aerodynamic efficiency, the best in its segment at a Cx coefficient of 0.31.

Technical features such as Air Suspension and the Q4 AWD system, which come as standard equipment, and the high level of customization, Sport or Luxury, has resulted in Levante’s thoroughbred on-road handling as well as solid off-road capabilities.

With the Levante, Maserati has made extensive use of lightweight materials and the ideal 50-50% weight distribution, and thus has come up with a unique and agile luxury SUV that has the lowest center of gravity in its class.

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The latest Maserati 3-litre V6 engine is packed in the Levante. The Trident offers two versions of the twin-turbo petrol engine and the economical turbodiesel are globally acclaimed for their unique Maserati signature sound and for their exceptional performance. The petrol Maserati V6 engine with latest GDI and twin-turbo is available in two versions: the top of the range 430 hp and the exciting 350 hp. The most powerful Levante makes it to 100 km/h in 5.2” and has a top speed of 264 km/h, while the figures for the 350 hp version are 6.0” and 251 km/h respectively.

The Levante is also available with a common-rail, direct injection turbodiesel V6 with reduced dwell time injectors. The 3-litre engine is capable of 275 hp and delivers 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a 230 km/h maximum speed while keeping the fuel economy as low as 7.2 litres/100 km under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Levante houses a host of Maserati-exclusive innovative features such as safety and convenience options, brand-new Human Machine Interface, dedicated cargo solutions, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Forward Collision Warning and Brake Assist System, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View camera, capacitive 8.4" Touch Screen display with brand new rotary control, plus the AHA function, an addition to the Maserati Touch Control Plus which extends the AM, FM and DAB digital radio with a network connection option: the AHA function dialogues with the user's network-connected mobile device to give access to on-line services (radio stations, programmes, etc.) while the vehicle is moving.

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