2019 Maserati Levante: Changes, GTS and Hybrid versions

The Maserati Levante is beautiful mid-size crossover SUV equipped with the potent turbocharged V-6 engines and sport-oriented suspension. Italian carmaker offers this model in two configurations in the US, the base and S while in other markets buyers can get the diesel version as well. However, Maserati will likely broad the range of configurations with the arrival of the 2019 Maserati Levante. A more aggressive and powered by the twin-turbo V-8 engine, the GTS-badged version was spotted while testing and it should arrive for the 2019 model year while some sources also expected it as the 2018 version. However, the Levante plug-in hybrid is also expected to join the lineup with the similar powertrain as in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

2019 Maserati Levante

2019 Maserati Levante: Powertrains

The current Levante comes in the base and S configuration which both get power from the 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbo engine. In the base form, this engine produces 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. In the next level of tune, this engine provides 424 hp and torque of 428 lb-ft. Engines come in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The Levante S sprints to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and fuel economy is around 16 mpg combined. These engines will likely return in the same form for the 2019 version.

However, the difference will make the new 2019 Maserati Levante version with GTS badge. This version should get a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine from the Quattroporte GTS. This engine produces 523 hp and torque of 479 lb-ft in that model but Levante will likely get more ponies in order to compete with the BMW X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The model will also receive some chassis tuning and braking and suspension upgrades.

As for the plug-in hybrid version, it should have the similar powertrain as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. This powertrain includes a 3.6-liter V-6 engine combined with the dual electric motors and the CVT. The battery is a 16-kWh lithium-ion unit which provides 30 miles of the all-electric range. A similar performance this setup should deliver in the Levante version.

2019 Maserati Levante

2019 Maserati Levante: Design

As for the looks of the 2019 Maserati Levante, the model will arrive in pretty much the same form as in the two current variants. The new GTS version won’t also differ much from the current versions. The subtle changes will be seen on models front end. More aggressive bumpers, unique wheels, trim details and badging will make this version unique among others but of course, the substantial difference will be under the hood. The plug-in version will also share the similar styling with few unique details.

Interior:

Interior of the new models will share the same layout as the current versions. The difference will be in the upholstery and color combinations while the GTS will also feature sportier cues. On the other hand, models will receive the latest infotainment features and an array of the driver assistance systems.

2019 Maserati Levante: Arrival, Price

The arrival of the 2019 Maserati Levante is expected in late 2018. The price should again start form around $72, 500. The GTS version will go far above the current S version that solds for $83, 800.

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