2018 Maserati Levante, Italian brand's first ever SUV, launched in India at Rs 1.45 crore - The Financial Express

2018 Maserati Levante, Italian brand’s first ever SUV, launched in India at Rs 1.45 crore

Maserati Levante is based on the evolution of the brand's saloon platform. The chassis has been specifically developed to offer unique on-road drivability and competitive off-road capability, with day-to-day comfort and practicality.

By: | Updated: January 29, 2018 5:24 PM

2018 Maserati Levante has been launched in India, it being the first ever SUV from the Italian luxury carmaker. It is the latest addition to the 2018 range of Maserati, 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 performance trim GranSport. For India, the 2018 Maserati Levante is fitted with a 275hp 3-litre V6 Turbo Diesel engine, 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) sprints from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h.

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. The pricing of the 2018 Maserati is as follows: Levante Diesel - Rs 1,45,12,054, Levante Diesel GranSport - Rs 1,48,63,774 and Levante Diesel GranLusso - Rs 1,53,83,399.

Distinctively Italian in style, with iconic Maserati design features, its coupé-style exterior has the best aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31. The technology installed on every Maserati 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 Levante makes 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 deliver agility in the high-end SUV class as well as remarkable comfort on rough roads and great handling on low-grip surfaces.

2018 Maserati Levante comes equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS), 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 in the new Maserati Levante is based on an evolution of the Maserati Touch Control system and 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.

It also gets 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.

On the inside, 2018 Maserati Levante boasts of premium leather, fine woods, platinum-effect metals, handcrafted contrast stitching and much more. The SUV also comes with optional upgrades that include sound systems created in association with Bowers & Wilkins or Harman Kardon, and a very stylish car interior, designed by the renowned fashion house of Ermenegildo Zegna. 2018 Maserati Levante customers will also have the option to configure the exterior and interior look of the new SUV using the virtual Maserati configurator.

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