De runda formerna får Levanten att se liten ut men det är bara ena synvilla då den mäter en storlek jämförbar med Porsche Cayenne och Jaguar F-Pace. Bilden lite ovanifrån som är tagen på sluttningen av vulkanen Vesuvius får bilen att se ännu mindre ut.
Rome was not built in one day, and neither was the Maseratis SUV Levante. It took thirteen years to be precise. But being patient has its benefits.
But introducing an SUV model with a brand like Maserati is nothing you do in a hurry.
“For the model name Levante, Maserati has for many years used the names of different winds in the Mediterranean region”
It started in 1963 with Mistral and was then followed by Bora, Merak, Ghibli and now Levante. The latter originates from the Levant (the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean). This wind gives rise to huge waves as it meets the Atlantic winds at Gibraltar and southern Portugal. It is a surfer’s delight.
Since the model Ghibli was reintroduced and the new Quattroporten came, the new design of Maserati’s models has made their mark. Of course, this idiom is also found in Levante. A massive grill with the trident in the middle and narrow aggressive headlights on the outer edges. On the side behind the wheelhouse are the classic three air valves that are found on all Maserati models. Also on the c-pillar, we find a trident just like on other models.
Nowadays, it is important to set their mark and recognition factor on car models. Although the car's round shapes can make it look small on the picture, the car is relatively large in reality. Size-wise, it competes with Porsche Cayenne and Jaguar F-Pace. When you step into Levante S, the Italian sporty luxury breathes with solid leather work and cool carbon fiber panels. The ceiling is self-dressed in black alcantara.
“TThe Treudden, which is part of Maseratis logotype, originates from the Roman sea god Neptune”
Neptune is always depicted with a trident in the hand. A fishing gear that is also called light. On the other hand, if Neptunus runs a Maserati, we sound unsaid.
When the start button is pressed, which is to the left of the steering wheel, the engine starts to move. The heart of Levante S is a three-liter V6 engine with double turbo and 430 horses. The sound this machine generates, and which comes out of the four pipes at the back, is magical and exactly as an Italian sports car should sound. But in order to achieve the absolute optimum sound, you have to push in the sports button, the engine yells in a phenomenal way and one can only state that Maserati can do this with Italian motor song.
Because this is a luxury SUV, it has air suspension that makes the journey a joy. You hover over clouds and the car decides which height above the ground you should "hover" forward depending on the speed you have. The normal height is 21 centimeters but at higher speeds, the car goes down to 17.
Despite its size and weight, the car is really sporty on the curvy track. The car’s steering gives you a nice presence to what is happening under the tires. To bring down the power from the engine to the tires, there is a keyed automatic transmission. During normal driving, all power is delegated to the rear wheels, but if necessary, it can be moved 50 percent of the drive to the front wheels.
|Maserati Levante S|
Basic price: From SEK 930,000.
Engine: 3-liter V6 engine with turbo, 430 hp. Torque 580 Nm.
Power transmission: Front engine, 8-speed automatic, four-wheel drive.
Acceleration: 0-100 in 5.2 sec. Top speed: 264 km / h.
Petrol consumption mixed driving according to the manufacturer: 1.09 l / mil.
Weight: 2 238 kg.