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Maserati Levante makes American debut


The New York International Auto Show was Maserati's chosen setting for the launch of its new Levante SUV.

Combined with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the range now covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market.

It will go on sale in North America at the end of August with orders accepted from April.

Design, Exclusivity and Performance are the key characteristics for describing this new Maserati. Distinctively Italian in style, with breathtaking and iconic Maserati design features, its coupé-sleek exterior has the best aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31.

The interior, its spaciousness enhanced by the panoramic electric sunroof, has been created with the finest materials, most exquisite to the touch, from premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, through to the Luxury and Sport packs for an exclusive look both inside and outside.

The technology installed on every Levante is designed to offer outstanding performances both on- and off-road: the sophisticated suspension, combined with electronically controlled damping and four corner air-springs with 5 different ride levels (as well as an extra-low level for parking) put the vehicle's handling in a class of its own.

Furthermore, with the lowest center of gravity in its class, perfectly balanced weight distribution (50-50) between front and rear, high levels of flexural and torsional rigidity, and a mechanical self-locking rear differential as standard, when driven on-road the Levante delivers all the performance and thrills typical of every Maserati.

The human-machine interface on board, based on an evolution of the Maserati Touch Control system, has also been completely updated to offer even more functions and convenience, thanks to the 8.4” high-resolution screen and the new rotary control on the central tunnel.

State-of-the-art driving aid systems such as adaptive cruise control with Start&Stop function, forward collision warning, automatic brake assist system and lane departure warning are also available on request. Additional options include blind spot alert, surround view camera and power lift tailgate.

The Levante will arrive in Australia and New Zealand in early 2017 when local prices and specifications will be announced.

Auto Trader New Zealand