Earlier this year, Italian luxury carmaker Maserati pulled the sheets off the all-new Levantethe first SUV in the company's more than 100 years of existence. It's sleek, sexy, and now it's finally here. Maserati Philippines held the beautiful new ride's launch yesterday in Bonifacio Global City, and boy was it a sight to behold.

Two units of the Levante were revealed to us during the vehicle's introduction: one in white and the other in a stunning electric blue finish. The Levante certainly looks like the sportiest entry into the luxury SUV segment. Our attention was instantly drawn to an aggressive front end featuring the signature concave grille, and the Maserati trident emblem sandwiched between two sleek, swept-back bi-Xenon LED headlights. The feline-inspired silhouette suits it well, providing the SUV with a coupé-like demeanor further enhanced by frameless doors and a side profile line which runs the whole length of the vehicle.

Inside, the Levante comes with leather seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the center console which also houses the rotary knob and drive modes, as well as an instrument panel similar to that of the Quattroporte. Folding split 40/60 rear seats allow for more luggage capacity than the standard 580L. Overall, premium materials and a sedan-inspired design provide the Levante cabin with a lounge-like atmosphere.

Underneath the hood is a 3.0-liter V6 engine available in either a twin-turbo petrol or turbodiesel. The latter of the two can be had in the form of a top-of-the-line mill capable of 430hp and 580Nm, or a tamer version which puts out 350hp and 500Nm. The diesel, meanwhile, can muster 275hp and 600Nm. All this is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and works hand in hand with a host of drive modes (sport and off-road to name a few) and the Q4 AWD system.


So how deep do your pockets have to be in order to drive one home? Unfortunately, no word yet on how much these babies will go for. But our guess is they will fetch for quite a lot, remaining ultra-exclusive in availability. 


Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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