Maserati, the Italian luxury
carmaker, has announced the launch of its most anticipated SUV – the 2018
Levante, in India. The 2018 Maserati Levante will
cost Rs 1,45,12,054 for the Levante Diesel model. The Levante Diesel GranSport
will cost Rs 1,48, 63,774 while the Levante Diesel GranLusso will cost Rs 1,53,83,399.
For India, the 2018 Levante is
fitted with a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel, combined with the “Q4” intelligent
all-wheel drive system - which can transfer torque between the axles
instantaneously when required - and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with
integrated Start & Stop System. In terms of performance, the Diesel-powered
Levante (275hp) covers 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 230
The Levante is the latest
addition to the 2018 range of the carmaker, which started the year with the
launch of 2018 Maserati Quattroporte GTS. The 2018 Levante has also adopted the
new range strategy by offering two distinct new trims: the luxury-orientated
GranLusso and the red-blooded GranSport.
As with many Maseratis from
the past, the car's name is inspired by a wind: the Levante is a warm
Mediterranean wind that can change from a light breeze to an irresistible
natural force in an instant, mirroring the character of the new Maserati SUV.
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 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.
The Maserati of SUVs was
engineered to excite the sport-focused drivers by making extensive use of
lightweight materials, as well as boasting an ideal 50:50 weight distribution
and the segment’s lowest centre of gravity. These features delivered
unparalleled agility in the high-end SUV class as well as remarkable comfort on
rough roads and great handling on low-grip surfaces.
The Levante MY18 has also
adopted Electric Power Steering (EPS) that provides an even more thrilling
driving experience – both on- and off-road. EPS enables an enhanced Advanced
Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) package, which includes new active functions
such as Highway Assist (HA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Active Blind Spot
Assist (ABSA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).
The human-machine interface on
board, based on an evolution of the Maserati Touch Control system, has also
been completely updated to offer additional functions and convenience with the
8.4” high-resolution screen and 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 interior boasts of premium
leather, fine woods, platinum-effect metals, handcrafted contrast stitching,
and much more. The SUV also comes with premium optional upgrades that include
sound systems created in association with Bowers & Wilkins or Harman
Kardon, and the world’s most stylish car interior, designed by the renowned
fashion house of Ermenegildo Zegna.
“The introduction of 2018 Levante is our
commitment to satisfy the significantly increasing demand for premium SUVs in
India. The design, exclusivity and performance are the key characteristics when
describing this new Maserati; and will turn out to be a distinguishing factor
for the Trident in the luxury SUV space ” said Bojan Jankulovski, Head of
Operations, Maserati India.
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