Kuala Lumpur, 24thNovember 2017 – The addition of the Maserati Levante high performance luxury SUV to the Malaysian market is going to create some excitement in market, or at least amongst the better-heeled part of it, as it offers an attractive alternative to the more established brands.
With engines developed jointly with Ferrari, the Maserati range of vehicles have always presented a more ‘mature’ form of high performance car ownership, with the aforesaid powerplants put into more ‘executive-looking’ yet sporty vehicle bodies. The Levante carries this notion a little further into the realm of the SUV.
The Maserati Levante S was officially unveiled today at Desa Parkcity by Naza Italia, the official importer and distributor for Maserati in Malaysia.
The Levante S (MY18) 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 Levante S version promises heightened performance and sporting prowess to navigate all-terrain adventures with greater ease. For the Malaysian market, only the petrol-powered version featuring a V6 Twin-turbo engine with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is made available.
The V6 engine has a specific torque of 194 Nm per litre, making it the best in the luxury SUV class, as is its specific power (144hp/l).The Levante S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 264 km/h. Its 430 hp engine is on par with its competitors in terms of fuel consumption, with 10.9 l/100 km on the NEDC test cycle, and CO2 emissions (253 g/km).
“Maserati has injected extra power and performance into an already impressive luxury SUV. The petrol-powered Levante S has been eagerly awaited and will no doubt be a popular new addition to Malaysia’s luxury automotive market,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of Naza World Group of Companies.
Maserati has replaced the Levante’s hydraulic power steering with electric power steering to provide improved handling and driving comfort in the Levante S. This also better supports the driving modes and enables the newly-introduced Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS)with more active functions, whilst retaining the razor-sharp steering feel symbolic of any Maserati. These functions include Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 430 hp Levante S features a state-of-the-art braking system that deals superbly with the car’s high performance. The front system has adopted Brembo 6-piston aluminium monobloc calipers working on 380 mm drilled discs. Aluminium 42 mm floating calipers with 330 mm x 22 mm ventilated drilled discs are fitted at the rear.
Maserati has achieved unparalleled agility with the Levante S, which boasts the lowest centre of gravity in its class, thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials and an ideal 50:50 weight distribution. The Levante S’s exclusivity stems from technical features like Air Suspension, electronically controlled Skyhook shock absorbers and the Q4 AWD system, which come as standard equipment. The aluminium double-wishbone(front), and five-link suspension (rear) 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 Levante S adopts the eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox that provides seamless comfort and fast gear shifting, depending on the selected drive mode and presents a choice of four drive modes, “Normal”, I.C.E., “Sport” and “Off-road”. Each one constitutes a distinct character, intelligently altering engine, transmission, suspension and electronics features.
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.
Styling-wise, the Levante exhibits similar design cues to other models in Maserati’s stable and incorporates the brand’s signature lush aesthetic and spacious interior that allows for five people to be seated comfortably. Its streamlined shape lends to the Levante’s aerodynamic efficiency, which is best in its segment with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31.
The petrol-powered Levante S is being introduced to Malaysia’s luxury SUV segment at the starting price of RM 788,800 (inclusive of local taxes and duties) and includes 3 years Standard Warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus a *Maserati Premium Service Plus of 3 years/ 60,000 km whichever comes first.
The GranLusso trim is essentially an emphasis on luxury. It is externally recognisable by its metallic-finish front skid plates and roof rails, the GranLusso badges on the front wings, the body-colour side skirts, the black-painted brake calipers and the 19” Zefiro alloy wheels.
The interior design features an array of innovative solutions in line with Levante’s SUV character, with an extra focus on luxury in the new GranLusso trim. The GranLusso cabin combines a choice of Ermenegildo Zegna silk or full premium Italian upholstery with a Radica open-pore wood trim and leather steering wheel.
The extravagant trim also includes standard 12-way power comfort seats, a Harman Kardon Sound System, power-adjustable steering wheel, illuminated door sills, parking sensors, navigation system and new Soft Close Doors.
Externally, the Levante S GranSport is recognisable by its Piano Black front grille, skid plates and roof rails, GranSport badges on the front wings, body-colour side skirts, blue inserts on all Trident and Saetta logos, red brake calipers and 20” Nereo wheels.
The interior design features an array of innovative solutions and the sportiness of the Levante’s SUV character is further enhanced in the new GranSport trim. Both the exterior design and interior features reflect the legendary racing heritage of the Maserati brand.
The Sport 12-way power leather seats and power-adjustable Sport steering wheel combine with a carbon trim to create an exciting, sporty interior in the GranSport. It also features a Sport steering wheel with standard gearshift paddles, power-adjustable Inox sport pedals, parking sensors and navigation system.
Specifications at a glance:
|Engine Layout||Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo – direct injection (GDI)|
|Max. Power (kW / hp @ rpm)||316 / 430 @ 5,750|
|Peak Torque (Nm @ rpm)||580 @ 5,000|
|Fuel consumption l/100 km (NEDC)||10.9|
|0-100 km/h (sec)||5.2|
|Gearbox||8-speed ZF automatic AT8 – HP70|
|Transmission||Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear limited slip differential|
|Suspension Front||Double-Wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers|
|Suspension Rear||Multi-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers|
|Length/width/height (mm)||5,003 / 1,968 / 1,679|
|Tyres (standard)||265/50 ZR19 front295/45 ZR19 rear|