When you hear the Italian automotive brand Maserati, the first thing that comes to mind is a luxurious, sporty car. From the past, you have the likes of the Bora, the Khamsin, the Merak and the Karif. From the present, there are the Quattroporte, the Ghibli and the GranTurismo. Whether in sedan or in coupe form, these cars always carried the Trident logo with a lot of pride and elegance.
And if you had told any guy who ever owned any of the aforementioned Maseratis that the company would one day build and sell an SUV, he’d probably dismiss the talk as nothing more than blasphemous rambling.
But here we are now: In an era where almost all car brands have an SUV offering. And that includes Maserati now, with the arrival of the Levante. And yes, this model has just been launched in the Philippine market. In a stylish event held at The Palace in Bonifacio Global City, the Levante made a grand entrance to the delight of enthusiasts and potential buyers.
“The Levante is like a new wind that is exciting to the local SUV market,” declared Maserati Philippines chairman and president Wellington Soong. “The exclusivity it offers, along with the Maserati performance it guarantees, has attracted both young and old aficionados.”
Propelling the Levante is a pair of 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engines—a high-boost unit producing 430hp and a more “pedestrian” one with 350hp. There’s also a 3.0-liter CRDi turbodiesel motor good for 275hp. A source inside the distributor told Fast Times that pricing starts above P8 million.
Truly a luxury SUV, the Levante boasts such features as air suspension, all-wheel drive, the so-called Human Machine Interface, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, surround view camera, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with a brand-new rotary control, and the Maserati Touch Control Plus.
Maserati Philippines, whose sole showroom is located in Bonifacio Global City, says the Levante is exclusively produced in Italy—at the historic Mirafiori plant, to be exact.