What happens when the Italian-marque cognoscenti are suddenly swept up by the rushing tide of SUV madness? Chances are they'll turn to one of the most emotive rigs in the business – the 2019 Maserati Levante. Long known for building evocative cars that speak to the senses rather than sensibility, it might seem that the tall-riding family-hauler is in stark contrast with the ethos and values of the famed Trident brand. But Maserati didn't set out to build the mall-crawler of SUVs – they've gone right ahead and built the Maserati of SUVs. With the suave, low-slung silhouette and a choice of a supercharged V6 or an all-new, Ferrari-assembled V8, the Levante pulls at the heartstrings with the sensual, impassioned tug that only a thoroughbred Italian car can incite.
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2019 Maserati Levante Overview
What's New for 2019
Maserati has revealed all-new GTS trim that boasts a twin-turbocharged V8 that's assembled in Maranello by no other than Ferrari. Other changes throughout the lineup include adaptive LED Matrix headlights, an updated gear shifter, an upgraded stability-control system that's more preventive than reactive in its operation, and available full-grain Pieno Fiore leather.
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With the addition of the GTS, the Levante is now offered in four distinct trim levels, each with their own level of performance. Base models make do with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 putting out 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; it gets to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. S models retain the supercharged V6 but a change in tune brings output to 424 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The zero-to-60 time drops accordingly to five seconds flat. The new GTS trim is second from the top in the Levante hierarchy, and the Maranello-built 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 sings out 550 hp and 538 lb-ft of torque. With this motor, the Levante can manage a four-second-flat zero-to-60 run and will eventually hit a top speed of 181 mph. If that's somehow still not enough firepower, the top-dog Trofeo (no relation to the Oldsmobile Toronado trim of the late 80s) wrings out 590 horses from the V8, though torque is unchanged at 538 lb-ft. The Trofeo only needs 3.7 seconds to hit 60 and top speed creeps up to 187 mph.
All engines are paired with a ZF-built eight-speed automatic transmission. A new redesigned gear selector offers a more intuitive experience, and buyers can use it to select gears themselves simply by toggling it from right to left. All Levantes use Maserati's Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system. It normally sends most of the power rearward, but in low-traction situations up to 50 percent of power can be directed upfront. A five-mode drive selector lets drivers choose a setting appropriate for the conditions, and includes a dedicated off-road mode for rough and difficult terrain.
Rich and bespoke interiors have long been a tradition of the high-dollar Italian marques, and the Levante is no exception. The base and S trims drive this home with their two available sub-trims, the GranLusso and the GranSport. With the GranLusso, luxury takes precedent, and interiors offer Ermenegildo Zegna silk & leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, open-pore wood trim, a 14-speaker Harmon and Kardon audio system, body-color side skirts and rear spoiler, and black brake calipers emblazoned with white Maserati script. In Levante S trim, buyers also get soft-close doors.
GranSport, on the other hand, highlights the performance aspirations of the Levante. Buyers who opt for it get 20-inch aluminum wheels, red brake calipers with white Maserati script, 12-way power front seats, a black leather sport steering wheel, a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, body color side skirts and spoiler, and black roof rails. Both the GranSport and GranLusso sub-trims are an additional $6,000.
The Nerissimo Package is $2,790 and is available on the V6-powered Levantes. It's an Italian way of saying black out package; it includes black tailpipes, window surround, trunk accent, door handles, grille, mirrors, taillights, body moldings, and skid plates, while the wheels are painted a dark gray.
A climate package is $290 and includes heated rear seats and heated windshield washer jets. The Driver Assistance Package is $1,590 and bundles active-safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, traffic-sign recognition, and highway assist.
Full-grain Pieno Fiore leather is new for 2019 and is available for $3,390 on all but the Trofeo, where it's standard equipment.
If you've got the cash, splurge on the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS, as the power and chassis of the 550-horse V8 captures the essence of Maserati's grand-touring heritage and reputation. If the $121,475 asking price is a bit of out reach, though, we'd just stick with the base model and perhaps add either the GranLusso or GranSport sub-trim. The $11,000 premium for an S just isn't worth it when there are no additional standard features and performance is only incrementally improved.