It has been a long time coming, but the 2018 Maserati Levante model has been finally unveiled. Maserati had showcased its Kubang concept car a while back, actually in 2011 and it was the announcement of the Levante being made. But back then the name Levante did not exist, it was only when the car reached its production version that the name was determined to the current one. All in all, we were able to see the Maserati Levante model finally unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in all of its glory.
The exterior of the Levante has been done in such a way that it would put the majority of the SUV crossover segment to shame. With a brilliant design on the outside also comes a very good look on the inside. The interior is unmistakably a Maserati product and it brings both the styling and the technology of the previous models which Maserati has made.
With the release of the Levante car, Maserati is hoping to enter the SUV crossover segment in style. They also have a plan of toping the sales and managing to sell at least 50,000 units. Some people see this as very possible but others say that is unlikely particularly because the recent model has strayed a little bit from what Maserati usually offered, but maybe that is just the thing that they needs.
All in all, our review will clear up some questions about the newest 2018 Maserati Levante and help you find out more about its release date.
When is the Release date for the 2018 Maserati Levante?
The newest 2018 Maserati Levante has been shown already at the Geneva Auto Show and we can expect the model to become available for sale soon. The car is in its full swing of preparations and it will get its release date for the middle of 2017.
What is the Potential Price of the 2018 Maserati Levante?
The price rates for the newest 2018 Maserati Levante have been issued recently. It is going to appear in two trims in the US market, the base one which costs $72,000 and the S version which will be priced $83,000. Also offered are three packages, the Sport Package, the Luxury Package and the Zegna Edition Package.
A Traditional Maserati But yet a Modern Design
The latest 2018 Maserati Levante looks and feels like a Maserati but there are some added elements which change the structure a bit. The front end of the car seems as if it has been inspired by the Alfieri concept with the new grille and some air intakes positioned in the lower fascia. The new “feline-shaped” Bi-Xenon headlights with optional daytime LEDs and also LEDs for the turn signals.
From the profile of the car we notice a trio of side air vents placed just above the front wheel wells. There is a trapezoidal C-pillar used while the roofline gently slopes down giving us more of a coupe like appearance. Also added are frameless doors and a variety of wheels to choose, so besides the standard 18-inch ones, there are the 19-inchers which comes as standard for the range toping models and 20-inch, and 21-inch designs for the top trims as optional.
The visuals of the rear end of the car is immensely increased thanks to the rear fender which has been bulged out. The LED lifts come wrapped into the flanks and there is a trailing roof spoiler juts out from the rear window. The rear end features some rounded lines and down below there is a quad exhaust pipe.
Familiar Inside of the 2018 Maserati Levante
If the interior of the 2018 Maserati Levante looks a bit familiar to you it is because they have taken some cues from their other sedan versions. The layout and the looks are almost identical, except the large dimensions and size of course. There are various controls in terms of buttons and knobs which help with drive mods and air suspension. There is an analogue clock mounted high on the dash flanked with wood, carbon and aluminum trims. The roof itself is lined with Alcantara
Leather upholsteries come as standard and there is some higher-grade skin used on the top-range models. The front passengers have some solid lateral support with electric six-way adjustability, while passengers get four-way manual adjustment. Also offered is electric memory functions optionally.
There are also updated infotainment features which include app support, HomeLink, and AHA functionality and the car will also come with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary, USB, and SD card inputs as standard, and a 7-inch diver’s display. Optionally available are a 14-speaker unit from Harman Kardon and a top-range Bowers & Wilkins Surround System with 17 speakers.
Multiple Engine Choices
It is great to know that the 2018 Maserati Levante will offer a variety of powertrains to choose from. We have a total of three engines to pick from. All of them are in fact 3.0-liter six-cylinders and they include twin-turbo gas units or a single turbo diesel. The fastest one is used for the S trim and it gives us 430 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 428 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The non-S Levante engine makes350 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque 4,500 rpm, while the Levante Diesel is capable of getting 275 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm. Each of the given engines is matted to an eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF.
Top Speed and 0-60 mph
Based on the engine that the 2018 Maserati Levante uses and the trim level, the acceleration specifications are going to differ. The most powerful S Levante can spring to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and it also gains a top speed of 164 mph. The mid-range version does so in 6.0 seconds and it has a top speed of 156 mph while the diesel variant makes it to 60 mph from a standstill in 6.9 seconds and gains a top speed of 143 mph.
Fuel Economy Ratings for the New Car
It appears that the 2018 Maserati Levante is going to be fairly fuel efficient with the offer that it is able to provide. The S trim is rated at consuming 10.9 liters/100 km. The mid-range non-S trim is expected to consume 10.7 liters/100 km while the diesel variant is rated at 7.2 liters/100 km. and is the most lucrative and fuel efficient one as it was expected.
Dimensions and Size of the 2018 Maserati Levante
The size of the production version 2018 Maserati Levante has not changed so much from its concept. When the Kubang concept was reveled for the first time, people assumed that there were going to be a lot of changes made for the final product, but in fact the size was almost but kept and the car features the same characteristics. The overall size is 196.96 Inches with a width of 77.48 Inches and height of 66.10 Inches, the wheelbase comes to 118.26 Inches.
The newest 2018 Maserati Levante will certainty come bearing some advanced safety features. The model will add the use of adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, forward collision warning, adaptive high beam headlights, brake pressure assist, lane departure warning, a surround view camera, hill descent assist, automatic windshield wipers, a blind-spot monitor, and parking assist. These are of course all the advanced pieces of equipment but we cannot forget that the Levante will come bearing six airbags as well.
With the newest release of the 2018 Maserati Levante, the segment is going to be retooled a bit and there is a possibility that some changes happen. Maserati has an idea of managing much greater sales which at first seem improbable, first of all because of the other vehicles in the segment and also because of the fact that this is a new car so one cannot really know how the fans will react to it. All in all, the closest competition cars include the Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X6 model which will be hard ones to surpass in terms of sales.
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