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First Look Preview - 2017 Maserati Levante

First Look Preview - 2017 Maserati Levante
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Thursday 09 February 2017, 19:30 PM

Maserati cars have thrilled auto enthusiasts for decades now. Its latest offering, the Levante comes forth as the company’s first ever premium SUV in its hundred-year history. The vehicle was last showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and at the time of its launch in India, we believe it will also be offered in a performance version along with a regular one. Based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, the automaker claims that the vehicle has been further evolved and refined to meet the segment needs. Here below, we bring out a few details about the vehicle ahead of its official launch in the country.

Speaking of design, the Maserati Levante gets an upmarket and a distinctive design. The front gets a traditional large grille with vertical slats and a prominent trident badge. The rear section gets a traditional Maserati badging at rear over the chrome strip above the number plate. As expected, the India-bound Maserati Levante will get a right hand drive version. The rear also get uniquely shaped LED taillights that gives the vehicle a unique identity. The Lenvante claims to offer impressive on-road and off-road performances wherein the front gets double-wishbone suspension while the rear will get multi-link suspension, along with electronically controlled damping and four corner air-springs which provides 5 dynamic ride levels (plus one additional park-position).

The Maserati Levante will be offered in petrol and diesel variant. The petrol version will be powered by a 3-litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine which generates 345bhp of power, while the diesel version will be powered by a 3-litre V6 turbo engine that generates 274bhp of power. As for the performance focused Levante S, it will also be powered by a 3.0-litre petrol engine but produces higher power output figure of 425bhp. All the engines feature a Q4’ intelligent all-wheel drive system which enables can transfering torque between the axles instantly as and when required. The powerful engine comes mated 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start and Stop System. The regular petrol Levante accelerates from 0-100kmph in just about six seconds and achieves a top speed of 251kmph, while the diesel version does a 0-100kmph in just about 6.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 230kmph. The performance Levante S does a 0-100kmph in just about 5.2 seconds while achieving a top speed of 264kmph.

Speaking about the interior, the Levante will get an updated Maserati Touch Control system with 8.4-inch high-resolution capacitive screen which in addition to touch screen can also be used via new rotary control in central tunnel. Customers might get to choose among a range of upholstery colour options that suits their taste. As for safety, it comes with advanced driver assistance system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot alert, surround view camera, automatic brake assist system and lane departure warning system.

 

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