Maserati has unveiled the Levante, the first ever SUV in its 100-year history at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Levante is named after the warm Mediterranean wind which can change from mild to gale force speeds in an instant.
The Levante is available with both petrol and diesel engines.
The Petrol engine is 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 which produces 350hp in the base trim and 430hp in the S trim. The base Levante can hit 100km/h in 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 243km/h. The Levante S can do the sprint to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 264km/h.
The diesel Levante is powered by a 275hp 3.0-litre V6 that can push it to 100km/h in 6.9seconds and it can keep on accelerating till it hits a top speed of 230km/h.
The Maserati Levante SUV features a long sculpted hood which starts off from a rather imposing version of the Maserati grille. Flanking the grille are the tapered two element headlamps and the air intakes.
The sides feature Maserati's trademark triple air vents, and the Maserati 'Saetta' logo. The rear is dominated by the roof mounted spoiler and the twin exhaust vents that pop out on each side of the rear bumper.
Availability & Rivals
The Levante has already started rolling off the Maserati production line in Turin, Italy and the new SUV will butt heads with the likes of the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q5. and the Porsche Cayenne.