An updated version of Maserati’s first SUV, the Levante, is now available in the Malaysian market through Naza Italia, the brand’s importer and distributor. Priced from RM788,800 (inclusive of local taxes and duties), the latest version has new features which enhance its Gran Turismo character.
It is available only with a 430-bhp 3-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine (made by Ferrari) but customers can choose to have it the Levante S with GranSport or GranLusso trim.
Enhancements made in the Levante S include the adoption of a redesigned gearshift lever with shorter travel and improved operation.
The GranSport trim has a distinct styling theme with new front and rear bumpers that were inspired by the Levante GTS and Trofeo. For the Malaysian market, the Levante S is fitted with 21-inch Helios wheels and a High Glass Metal Weave interior trim. An electric panorama sunroof with tilt and slide functionality comes as standard.
“Following Maserati’s entry into the SUV segment, the Levante has exceeded expectations and continues to be a leader in its class. Naza Italia is delighted to offer our discerning customers the latest evolution of the Levante, which sports a number of attractive enhancements. Whether customers opt for the luxury oriented GranLusso trim or the sport-oriented GranSport trim, the Levante S promises them a first-class environment,” said SM Nasarudin Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Corporation Holdings.
The design concept of the Levante has coupe lines for aerodynamic efficiency and sportiness but interior space comfortably accommodates 5 persons. Alongside the sportier bumpers, the GranSport exterior is also discernible with the front and rear Black Piano inserts, the GranSport badges on the front fenders, the red brake calipers and the 21-inch Helios wheels.
While the exterior of the base V6 versions remains the same, the characteristic features of the luxury-oriented GranLusso trim are elegant chrome inserts in the front fascia, chrome front/rear skid plates, body colour rear spoiler, silver-painted brake calipers, 21-inch Helios alloy wheels and GranLusso badges on the fenders.
The GranLusso trim also offers customers the choice of full premium Italian leather, Pieno Fiore natural leather or Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery. It includes standard 12-way power comfort front seats with memory function, Bowers and Wilkins Surround Sound System, power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals, illuminated doorsills, parking sensors, navigation system and a ‘Soft Close’ door system.
With the new gearshift lever that is liked to an 8-speed ZF transmission, the driving modes cluster on the centre console is even more user-friendly. The M button has been eliminated and the Off-Road mode button has taken its place leaving space for two separate buttons – instead of one – for the selection of the Sport driving mode and the Skyhook suspension sport setting. The selectable modes are Off-Road, I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) and Sport.
The recently introduced Nerissimo package, has also been updated. It is now available in 8 specific body colours (7 of which are brand new) combining black elements (front grille, skid plates, daylight openings and door mirrors) with dark tail lights and exhaust tips. Details such as the grille upper bezel trim, the rear end accent, the side air vents, the Trident on the grille and all Maserati badges and logos are finished in Black Chrome. The package includes door handles finished in the same colour as the bodywork.
Owners of the Levante S get 3 years of standard warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus the Maserati Premium Service Plus cover which is 3 years long (or maximum of 60,000 kms).