Made it’s debut last year, the Levante brought the Maserati character to a large luxury SUV segment. Its distinctive design makes it stand out in the street or in the parking lot, and its engines show off the soundtrack of a pure race, which is appropriate given its roots come from Ferrari.
The 2018 Maserati Levante high adjustment includes everything from brake caliper color to the material inside. With a large entertainment screen, the interior is also seen as part of it. The exceptions, you may recognize some buttons and switches borrowed from cheaper vehicles.
In addition to some cheap switchgear, the Levante has no spacious interior and cargo space like its main rivals. And as cool as the Ferrari, that means the Levante’s fuel economy is not one of the best in the segment. But it’s not a reason to choose an SUV with an exotic heritage. In this case, the 2018 Maserati Levante ability and exclusivity separated him from the crowd.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Maserati Levante is a midsize luxury crossover offered in two variants that are defined by how much power they have: base and S.
Standard equipment for the base Levante includes chrome exterior trim, 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension, a driver-adjustable, hill descent control, a limited-slip differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED foglights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, remote engine start, a power liftgate, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors.
Inside, you’ll get dual-zone climate control, 12-way adjustable power front seats with memory and heating, 60/40-split folding rear seats, leather upholstery, a piano-black plastic interior trim, four USB outlets (two front, two rear), three 12-volt outlets, an 8.4-inch entertainment display with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio with a one-year subscription and 280-watt stereo plays through eight speakers. Also standard is front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and a rearview camera.
The optional GranLusso package adds additional exterior body coloring, unique 19-inch wheels, black brake calipers, bright chrome skid plates, metallic-finished roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a heated and wood-lined steering wheel, ventilated front seats, premium leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim and upgraded stereo 900 watts and 14 speakers.
The GranSport adds piano-black exterior trim, additional body-colored exterior panels, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a panoramic sunroof, a sport steering wheel and pedals, shift paddles, 12-way power-adjustable seats with larger bolsters, extended leather options, and the stereo upgrade.
The 2018 Maserati Levante S comes gets a more powerful engine plus larger front brakes, a panoramic sunroof, extended leather options and shift paddles. The GranLusso package adds soft-close doors, while the GranSport package retains the same features described above.
Most features in the GranLusso and GranSport can be added for every 2018 Maserati Levante. Another option is the Climate package, which adds windshield washer nozzles and heated rear seats.
The Driver Assistance Plus package adds a surround-view camera system, traffic sign recognition, active lane keeping and blind-spot assist, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
All 2018 Maserati Levante models come standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 comes in two different output. The base Levante gets a 345-horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the Levante S gets the more powerful version with 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque.
According to Maserati, the base Levante can sprint to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, while the S models only need 5.1 seconds. These are quick times for a crossover SUV, but not exceptionally, since a handful of rivals are quicker still. EPA estimated fuel economy at 16 mpg in combined driving (14 city/20 highway) for the base Levante. The S version rates at 16 mpg in combined driving (14 city/19 highway). These numbers are below-average for a luxury crossover.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Maserati Levante can tow about 6,000 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Maserati Levante interior is undoubtedly luxurious. It boasted all those colors and trims combinations that were highly customizable as well. For those of you who are familiar with Fiat or Chrysler products will recognize certain switches and buttons. The materials quality is more than enough across the board, including extended skin coverage even on the base model. The Cabin storage is adequate. The center console provides cubby and cupholders, but there are no open tray.
You may also recognize the 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is similar to Chrysler’s UConnect system, but it also gets an excess of console-mounted control knobs for Maserati tasks. This is one of the best interfaces available in the market, and seeing it come standard in the Levante is a plus. However, a head-up display is not available, and there is a feeling that a sophisticated technology is not the main focus here. Italian vehicles rarely lead to this, and the 2018 Maserati Levante does not break the tradition.
The front seat space is very generous, but in the rear it’s just more than enough, especially if the front seat is set low, which prevents passenger feet from sliding under them. The 19.4-cubic foot space behind the rear seat is a rather small and nothing special in terms of maximum space, although you can fold the split rear seats to provide additional cargo capacity.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Maserati Levante is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.
Official pricing for the base 345-hp Levante will start from $76,040 (including $1,250 destination charge). The S version of the Levante has a price tag of $87,350.