Maserati has entered the SUV market with its newest model dubbed as Maserati Levante which is deemed to be the most important model in the marque's 102 years in history.
According to Auto Express, the Italian automaker sticks with the tradition of naming its cars after exotic winds. The word "Levante" being taken from the Viento de Levante that blows through the Strait of Gibraltar in the southern Mediterranean and can instantly change from a gentle wind to a strong, powerful gale.
It was first hinted during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and was promised for early 2014. but it was not released. The car arrives this year with the design, development and production taking place in Italy.
From the launch, there are two engines available, a 3-liter V6 petrol that can pump 430bhp and a 3-liter V6 diesel that can put out 275bhp. Meanwhile, there are three models to choose from the line - Levante, Levante S and Levante Diesel.
Technical specifications of the Levante has a displacement of 2979cc, 0 to 100kph capability in 6.0 seconds and top speed of 251kph; the Levante S has displacement of 2979cc, 0 to 100kph in 5.2 seconds and max speed of 264kph; while Levante Diesel has displacement of 2987cc, 0 to 60kph in 6.9 seconds and speed of 230kph.
The all-wheel drive system is combined with advanced active air suspension the can either be a five-ride height, or six levels of capability and comfort. There is also a Skyhook system with shock absorbers to dampen the variation while driving.
The dimension measures 5m in length and over 2.1m in width and although it competes with the big vehicles, it features elegant curves that characterize a luxurious feel. The aerodynamics has been supported by standard active grill shutters and air suspension that gives it the extraordinarily low drag coefficient.
Inside the cabin, the materials are of high quality and sharp design which can be made from premium leather with carbon fiber trim to exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna silk with the optional Luxury Pack. While the infotainment is equipped with Bowers & Wilkins and Surround Sound.
Maserati Levante is expected to have a price tag of less than £55,00.