The list of car manufacturers without an SUV just got shorter as Maserati now has the Levante, the company’s first high-riding model. It was originally unveiled at the beginning of the month in Geneva and now Americans can check it out in the Big Apple before Maserati will crack open the order books in April.
Early adopters will have to wait until the summer to get their hands on the Levante which in U.S. specification kicks off at $72,000 (without destination & handling fees). It’s definitely not cheap when you compare it to a base Porsche Cayenne which can be had for $13,700 less. On the other hand, it does come packed with a lot of standard goodies, including an 8.4-inch infotainment system, power liftgate, and leather upholstery, just to name a few.
This base Levante has a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 rated at 345 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque which will be enough muscle for a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in 5.8 seconds and a 156-mph top speed. The Levante S has the same engine, but tuned to deliver 424 hp and 427 lb-ft of torque. As a result of the added punch, the sprint time decreases to five seconds and the maximum velocity is bumped to 164 mph.
Regardless of the version you go for, the 2017 Maserati Levante has an eight-speed automatic gearbox sending the engine’s power to both axles. Reports say the V6 will be joined later on by a plug-in hybrid system borrowed from the recently introduced Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This US-bound version will allegedly be launched towards the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018.