The MY18 Levante made its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow with a new range strategy and an array of hi-tech features, including Electric Power Steering and the addition of new active functions to the existing driving assistance systems.

The car’s design combines coupé lines with interior space for five people, while achieving best-in-class aerodynamic efficiency with a drag coefficient of just 0.31. Complementing the technical sophistication and inspired aerodynamic design is an electric Air Shutter in the front grille.

The interior design features an array of innovative solutions in line with Levante’s SUV character, with an extra focus on sportiness in the new GranSport trim.

The dashboard and the central console are designed to accommodate the 8.4” Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) display, the driving modes button cluster, the user-friendly, aluminium rotary knob and the air suspension height setup switch.

The Levante is near the top of its class in terms of interior space. The rear seats comfortably accommodate three passengers and provide extremely generous headroom. The luggage compartment has a versatile load space of 580 litres, which is ideal for large items.

Maranello-built twin-turbo V6 petrol engine

The Maserati twin-turbo V6 engine featuring the latest Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology forms the beating heart of the Levante. The engine was designed by Maserati Powertrain, in conjunction with the Ferrari Powertrain development team, and is manufactured in Maranello exclusively for Maserati.

This latest-generation Euro 6-compliant engine is powerful, exciting to drive and eco-friendly, thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function.

The high-efficiency Maserati V6 petrol engine features low-inertia parallel twin turbos, double continuous cam phasers for each cylinder head and high-pressure (200 bar) fuel injection.

The 3.0-litre 350 hp engine has been designed to offer an outstanding driving experience along with low fuel consumption. It delivers 500 Nm torque from 1,750 rpm up to 4,750rpm. Equipped with this V6 engine, the Levante reaches 0-100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and has a top speed of 251 km/h. Its combined consumption is 10.7 l/100 km on the NEDC test cycle, with 249 g/km of CO2 emissions.

All versions of the Levante are fitted with the same eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and standard mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD).

The Maserati Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive comes as standard in all versions of the Levante. It is based on an electronically-controlled multi-plate wet clutch, installed into a transfer case that is linked by a driveshaft to the front axle.

The system is developed to deliver a typical Maserati rear-wheel drive experience, even in low-grip road conditions. It acts on demand by transferring traction to the front wheels with an immediate response. In a matter of 150 milliseconds, it can alter the front/rear torque split from 0:100% to 50:50%.

The Levante is the only car in its class equipped with a mechanical LSD at the rear axle. Fitted as standard, it guarantees optimal traction in all driving situations. The asymmetric locking feature offers 25% lock-up under power and 35% under release.

The torque-vectoring function has been further developed for the Levante to increase the SUV’s sportiness and driving pleasure. Whilst performing a cornering manoeuvre, the system distributes more torque to the outer wheels by applying a slight braking force to the inner wheels.

Based on the evolution of the Ghibli/Quattroporte platform, the chassis has been developed to offer unique on-road driving dynamics and competitive off-road capabilities, combined with supreme riding comfort and day-to-day practicality.

The Maserati of SUVs was engineered to excite the sport-focused drivers by making extensive use of lightweight materials, as well as boasting an ideal 50:50 weight distribution and the segment’s lowest centre of gravity.

The aluminium double-wishbone, five-link suspension layout comprises standard Air Springs and electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers.

Apart from the obvious benefits, such as the improvement of comfort and active safety, the air suspension contributes to the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, thanks to the lowering of the car and the reduced aerodynamic drag at medium to high speeds.

The pneumatic system provides six different height levels. The driver can alter the ride height via a rocker switch or by choosing different driving modes on the central console. The height variation from the lowest position to the highest is 75 mm – up to 85 mm with the Park level included.

The 350 hp Levante version is equipped with 2-piston 48 mm floating calipers working on 345 mm x 32 mm ventilated discs at the front. The rear brakes are the same with the 430 hp version but without drilled discs.

The MY18 Levante has adopted Electric Power Steering in place of hydraulic power steering. EPS improves the car’s handling and comfort, better supports the driving modes, and enables the newly- introduced active ADAS functions. Last but not least, EPS retains the razor-sharp steering feel expected of any Maserati.

Levante was the first Maserati model to feature Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Forward Collision Warning Plus (FCW Plus), Advanced Brake Assist system (ABA), Lane Departure Warning system and Surround View Camera.

An enhanced ADAS package is optionally available with the MY18 Levante, which includes new active functions such as Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist, as well as Traffic Sign Recognition.