2018 Maserati Levante showcased at IAA 2017 - Live
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Maserati has showcased the 2018 Maserati Levante at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Levante is Maserati’s first ever SUV, launched in 2016. The 2018 Maserati Levante is available in GranLusso and GranSport trims, previously introduced in the Quattroporte range. The imposing concave grille pays homage to historical Maserati models like the Tipo 60 Birdcage and has become a signature feature of all Maserati models since its adoption by the Levante. The headlights feature Bi-Xenon and LED technology. The silhouette of the Levante flows along the side of the car from the feline headlights to the characteristic Maserati rear pillar, creating a coupé-like look that is enhanced by the frameless doors. The SUV is 5,003 mm long; 1,968 mm wide; and 1,679 mm high. The wheelbase stands at 3,004 mm.
On the inside, the SUV features a standard leather-trimmed upholstery and steering wheel; Piano Black trim, Maserati 8.4” MTC+ display, Base Audio System with 8 speakers, cruise control, Hill Descent Control, dual-zone climate control, wipers with rain sensor and keyless entry on the front doors. The rear seats feature a 60:40 split-folding backrest to maximise load capacity. The luggage compartment has a load space of 580 litres. A total of 26 interior colour combinations are available.
The Levante and Levante S feature a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 engine. The engine in the former variant produces 350 PS and 500 Nm; while the mill in the latter makes 430 PS and 580 Nm. There’s a 3.0 litre diesel V6 variant as well, which makes 275 PS and 600 Nm. All the variants feature a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and a Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear Limited-Slip Differential.
Safety bits include Electric Power Steering (EPS); Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); Active Blind Spot Assist; Traffic Sign Recognition; Forward Collision Warning Plus (FCW Plus) and Advanced Brake Assist (ABA); six airbags and Maserati Stability Program. The GranLusso and GranSport trims get exclusive exterior and interior features to set them apart from the rest.