What business does an SUV have with nearly 600 horsepower? It’s not my job to rationalize that, but it is to go and see what it’s like. Enter the 2019 Masterati Levante GTS and Trofeo, both packing a Ferrari V8, like all SUVs ought to have.
My experience with driving new Maseratis has only been in short bursts. I drove the Quattroporte, Ghibli and Levante for about an hour each back in February and I had a Levante today for about four hours. And because I got to spend slightly more time with it, I discovered that its interior uses dials in the best way…
Look, I thought that 600 horsepower in a BMW M5 was excessive. Certainly, I felt as though I had nowhere to use that power on legal roads. The 2019 Maserati Levante Trofeo, an SUV, also comes with that amount of power. Whether I will run into a similar dilemma remains to be seen. What do you want to know about it?
So, when I drove the Maserati Levante for the first time last month, I thought it was pretty fast. Meaning that, I didn’t feel like it needed any more power. Maserati, clearly, disagrees with me.
Maserati, as a brand, is an institution, but Maserati as an everyday luxury alternative to BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche is barely on anyone’s radar. I spent some time playing with the Italian automaker’s mass-appeal options to see what you’re missing.
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You are familiar with this car, yes? The 2017 Maserati Levante? Known for its stellar quality and unbeatable reliability, right? Of course not. It is Italian.
The 2017 Maserati Levante, an Italian SUV with a name that’s all like LEVANTE!, apparently has a lot of parts that are from a pickup trup with a name like, well, Ram. Also, according to our own David Tracy, former Fiat Chrysler engineer, they look very similar to parts in the Chrysler 200.
The Maserati Levante SUV will ship soon with a 3.0-liter V6 in two tunes. But since the vehicle’s built on the same platform as the Quattroporte, couldn’t it also fit that car’s 528 horsepower V8? Survey says “yes!”
A lifted, high-roof’ed Maserati four-door was spotted at Pikes Peak in prototype camouflage, but it doesn’t quite look like the Levante SUV we’ve been expecting. Actually it looks exactly like a Maserati Ghibli saddled with extra weight and a lift kit.
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that their Mirafiori factory is slated to start building the Maserati Levante SUV as soon as next year.
The production version of the Maserati Levante, formerly known as the Maserati Kubang, is still going to be a thing. Back in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show, plenty of people were up in arms about the prospect of a Maserati SUV, let alone one that would share pieces of Jeep Grand Cherokee and be built in Detroit. A…