The Maserati Levante

 

Embodying all the luxury aspects synonymous with a Maserati and the practicality of a five-seater SUV, the 2022 Model of the Maserati Levante is the most refined sport utility vehicle the marque has produced to date. Visually striking, the instantly recognisable feature of the Levante is undoubtedly its front grille, which bares the now hallmark tuning fork design that has appeared across Maserati’s other models of late and features the emblematic trident badge.

Available in three different trims, GT, Modena and the marque’s performance-driven Trofeo trim, each offers a different take on the Levante to suit your style and adapt to the needs of today’s urban driver.

Perhaps the gentlest in the range is the GT Hybrid; its mild yet punchy two-litre four-cylinder engine has a pioneering belt starter generator that recovers energy at the push of the brake and reduces overall consumption, all without compromising the unmistakeable Maserati performance.

Next in the line-up is the Modena, which is slightly sportier than its GT counterpart and is kitted out with a 350-hp V6 petrol engine, which has been made eco-friendly with the addition of a start-stop function. Reaching 0-100 km/h in an impressive 5.2 seconds, it has a top speed of 264km/h and despite its bitey and undeniably Maserati-sounding engine, it’s also surprisingly fuel-efficient with 11.8L lasting 100km. Looks-wise, the athletic aesthetic of Modena is subtly amplified by its sporty bumper and 20” alloy wheels which are complemented by sleek leather sports seats and a piano black trim.

The pièce de résistance of the line is the Trofeo, the ultimate embodiment of Maserati’s high performance; the Trofeo trim is a staple across the Trident’s different models and symbolises its motoring excellence. The Levante Trofeo is no exception with its twin-turbo V8 engine, carbon fibre styling, a full-grain leather interior and 21” alloys. Assembled in Ferrari’s Maranello plant, the engine of this supercar-come-SUV is based on Maserati’s Quattroporte GTS and is powered by 580bhp, making it the fastest model of the Levante range.

Amongst the most technically advanced vehicles the marque has produced to date, other additions include its Corsa mode, which has been designed to enable faster shifts and to optimise the all-wheel drive refined exclusively for the Levante Trofeo.

 

Words by Jaz Grewal

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