Luxury, performance crossover SUVs are the latest craze in the auto world. These versatile, yet stylish, vehicles offer the handling of a car, the space of a mid-size SUV, plus the look and feel of luxury brands.
Competing luxury brands like Porsche, BMW, Bentley, and Jaguar have been in the crossover game since the early 2000s, and now Maserati is getting into the mix. These manufacturers, well-known for their athletic coupes, first released their luxury, sporty SUVs to lots of skepticism from buyers. Despite this, compact luxury performance crossovers quickly rose to the top of the bestseller lists.
Even well-established SUV manufacturers like Land Rover and Lexus are adding sports-tuning packages to their models. There’s just something about a high-performing, compact, luxury crossover that has hit home within the auto market.
The 2017 Maserati Levante may be late to the game, but it’s setting the new standard.
After a few changed potential release dates and some setbacks, the 2017 Maserati Levante is finally on its way to the market and is set up for success. In an already popularized compact performance SUV market, the Levante will be a perfect fit. Maserati kept the design within the family, opting for a coupe-like shape with added crossover space.
You certainly get the performance aspect of the performance luxury crossover in the Levante. With Ferrari-built 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine offering 345 horsepower in just the base model, the Levante provides a genuine Maserati driving experience.
In the Levante S you can get up to 424 horsepower and get from 0-60 in just 5.0 seconds. The Levante also features a standard 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and four driving modes.
The Levante also offers an airy, spacious cabin, authentic surfaces, and a commanding SUV-like view over the hood. Thanks to Maserati’s head of design, Lorenzo Ramaciotti, these details, among others, tell you immediately that the Levante is a Maserati.
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