Maserati’s first SUV – Levante – has finally made its official entry in the Indian market. The Italian supercar maker has introduced the Maserati Levante in two trims – GranLusso and GranSport. The price of the luxury SUV starts from Rs 1.4 crore (ex-showroom, India). Currently, the company has three dealerships in India – Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Commenting on the launch, Bojan Jankulovski, Head of Operations, Maserati India, said, “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.”
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While the global version of the Maserati Levante comes with two powertrains (a 3.0-litre petrol and diesel), the India-spec model is available with the 3.0-litre diesel engine only. This oil burner, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, delivers a top power of 271bhp and 600Nm of torque. Developed by VM Motori, this power unit also does duty in the Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati Ghibli. The SUV can do 0-100kmph in 6.9 seconds, while attaining a top speed of 230kmph.
The SUV offers four driving modes – Auto Normal, Auto Manual, Auto Sport and Auto Off-Road. The Off-Road mode increases the ride height of the SUV. What further enhance its off-road capabilities are Q4 AWD (all-wheel-drive) system, torque vectoring chassis and the conventional hydraulic steering. Built with lightweight materials, the Maserati Levante has lowest center of gravity in its segment with 50:50 weight distribution. The SUV’s optional ‘Active Sound’ exhaust system enables to change the exhaust tone with driving modes.
Interior of the SUV brims with several high-tech goodies such as the Maserati Touch Control system with the 8.4″ high-resolution screen and rotary control on the central tunnel, Base Audio system with 8 speakers, dual zone climate system, keyless entry (front doors), cruise control, power lift tailgate, wipers with rain sensor, Hill decent control, etc. Features such as top-notch leather upholstery, platinum effect metals, fine woods and handcrafted contrast stitching add more to its premium appearance and comfort levels.