Maserati has captivated the 14th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2016) with the first ever SUV in its hundred-year history: the Levante.
The Levante will go on sale in China at the end of July, with orders accepted from March. With the Levante as an ideal complement to the range, Maserati now covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market together with the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio.
“The introduction of the Levante marks a truly transformative moment in Maserati’s history and enables the Trident to address one of the largest luxury car markets in the world. We bring the Levante to China as a commitment to satisfy the significantly increasing demand for premium SUVs here” said Harald Wester, chief executive officer, Maserati.
“The Levante is a true and pure Maserati that has perfect on-road and off-road capabilities, offering owners the ultimate in the elegance, convenience and comfort of a luxury SUV yet allowing for the release of your inner energy. It will definitely set a new benchmark in terms of performance coupled with capability compared to the best current alternatives in the segment.”
The Maserati Levante will arrive in Australia and New Zealand early in 2017, when local prices and specifications will be announced.
What Makes the Levante “the Maserati of SUVs”?
As with many Maseratis from the past, the new car's name is inspired by the wind: the Levante is a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from a light breeze to an irrefutable natural force in an instant, mirroring the character of the first Maserati SUV.
Design, Exclusivity and Performance are the key characteristics when 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 performance 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.
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.