Maserati Levante is brand’s first step into the lucrative crossover SUV market. Previewed by the Kubanq Concept in 2011 and revealed at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show this model has become the instant success and worthy competitor in the luxury segment with rivals like the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLE and Porsche Cayenne. It is impressive inside and out and under the hood while also provides sport-inclined handling and plenty of tech and safety features. The next version of this model comes as the 2018 Maserati Levante and to its second model year, the model should enter with expanded trim offer. On the other hand, it has been speculated that new model year could bring more potent version.
2018 Maserati Levante: Design
If you are the visual type you will hardly find more stylish SUV on the roads. The Levante looks great from every point of view you and it will leave the impression wherever you go.
The model has the low nose with the concave grille that has vertical slats and the trident badge in the middle. The slim headlights with LED accents sweep toward sculpted front fenders and the long hood has elegant creases.
The Levante also looks sporty and dynamic from the profile side thanks to the aggressively sloped roof line and pumped rear fenders. Steeply raked rear glass, nice taillights combined with the pronounced rear bumper and sports exhaust setup also fit nicely into the more aggressive styling approach.
The changes on the new 2018 Maserati Levante will likely be minimal with the availability of new color options and possibly new exterior theme.
Levante’s interior is also impressive but we found somewhat less expressive than the exterior. The quality of the materials and finish is more than adequate and the leather upholstery is available from the base version. The model also offers dual-zone climate control, power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, power front seats and power lumbar, driver memory setting and more as the standard features.
The base models also include an 8.4-inch based infotainment interface, eight speakers, satellite radio, etc. The base wheels are 19-inch alloys and options include 20- and 21-inch units.
The higher-spec version brings upgraded upholstery, a sunroof, improved braking system, front and rear parking sensors, etc.
The model also brings all active safety systems you would expect from this kind of the vehicle but they are not standard features at this moment. Advanced Driver Assistance Plus suite includes forward collision braking and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, surround view parking system, and blind spot-alert is also available. The new version could make most of these active driver aids the standard features.
2018 Maserati Levante: Performance
The new 2018 Maserati Levante will again offer the turbocharged V-6 engine in the two versions. The base model will have 345 hp and torque of 369 lb-ft at its disposal from the less potent version of the 3.0-liter turbo V-6 engine. The more powerful option will, however, serve 424 hp with the torque of 428 lb-ft.
These two engine variants will come in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The more potent version can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The fuel economy will stay at about 16 mpg combined.
In some speculations, the Levante could offer the version powered with the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine from the Quattroporte GTS. In that application, this engine produces 523 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Maserati Levante: Arrival, Price
The 2018 Maserati Levante should arrive in the first half of the next year. The price range is again expected to start from about $72, 000.