Maserati has a predilection for naming its cars after some famous winds that sweep across the world. It is a tradition that emerged in the early 1960s and has continued into the 21st century. The Maserati Levante joined this heritage in 2016. The car was the first SUV from an Italian carmaker and it sought to change the notion of what an SUV should be.
Today, you will find that roads are crowded with a myriad of SUVs and a majority of them have the same look and feel. However, Maserati wanted to change this notion. The Levante is a car that will turn heads. It is unlike any other SUV in the world. Helped by its Italian design lineage and Maserati’s racing heritage, the Levante is a car that combines powerful performance with radiating beauty. The 2019 Maserati Levante configurations come with options, loads of options. So, what does this year bring for one of Italy’s lone SUVs? In the following sections, we will dissect what the Levante holds for 2019 and is it worth your time and money?
The 2019 Maserati Levante Configurations
Maserati is a company that has been at the forefront of customer demands. They are known for producing bespoke cars. The 2019 Maserati Levante configurations allow you to fully customize your car. On top of the customizability, Maserati has decided to offer four main configurations for the Levante. The S, S Q4, GTS, and a brand new Trofeo configuration, which comes with a 580 bhp engine.
There are also a range of interior and exterior packages that you can pair with your preferred model of the Levante. These are the GranLusso package, which gets you the finest leather interior and a slew of refinements on the inside and the outside. It is a package that is meant to help you elevate the comfort of your Maserati Levante. The GranSport package is designed for those that want their cars to look like it belongs to the Maserati family. There are dynamic design details and bespoke sporty interiors. We shall discuss these packages in better detail, a little later.
There are also multiple engine options, four in total. Two V6s, and two V8s. The following section dives deeper into the engine specifications and what each variant offers. The sheer length and breadth of options for the 2019 Maserati Levante configurations mean that no car is the same.
The body of an SUV, the heart of a GT
There are four engine configurations, each available to a specific version from the 2019 Maserati Levante configurations.
The 345-bhp V6 on the Levante
The base Levante model comes with a 3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that was developed by Maserati in collaboration with Ferrari. The Italian manufacturers know a thing or two about engines, considering Maserati pioneered the twin-turbocharger concept. This engine can produce 345 bhp and deliver nearly 369 lb-ft of torque. It can do zero to sixty in under 6 seconds and has a top speed of 156mph.
The 424-bhp V6 on the Levante S
The Levante S comes with a supercharged 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that can deliver a peak output of 424 bhp. At its highest, it can give you 428 lb-ft of torque between 4500-5000 rpm. This version of the V6 is the single greatest V6 engine ever made by Maserati. Zero to sixty is accomplished in 5.2 seconds and it can touch a top speed of 164mph.
The 550-bhp V8 on the Levante GTS
Maserati’s storied history with the V8 allows them to create two engines that can deliver loads and loads of power without compromising on the distinct sound. The Levante GTS comes with a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 550 bhp and 538 lb-ft of torque. The interesting fact about these engines is that they can deliver the torque even at low RPMs giving you power on tap! The car can also do zero to sixty in 4 seconds flat and has a top speed of 181 mph.
The 590-bhp V8 on the Levante Trofeo
The Trofeo is the top-of-the-line version from Maserati. Therefore, it is only fitting it gets the most souped-up version of the V8. The engine on the Trofeo can produce a heart stopping 590 bhp. It has the same torque figures as the GTS, 538 lb-ft, which can be accessed even at low RPMs. It is one of the fastest SUVs around, with a top speed of 189 mph, and can do the zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds, blistering.
Trademark Maserati design
Maserati cars have one identifying characteristic, a mean and aggressive look. The 2019 Maserati Levante is one of the finest-looking SUVs. One glance and you will immediately see the traits and flair of Maserati in the Levante.
It starts with the wide front grille that goes well with the LED headlights. The trident in the middle signifies the stature of the Levante. The wide front wheel arches only add to the apex appeal of the car. There are the signature Maserati triple air vents. The car’s design flows and curves, ultimately tapering towards the coupe-like end of the car. There is a very subtle spoiler at the back and the presence of quad exhausts only adds to its charm.
In typical Maserati fashion, if you do not like something about the car you can opt for a different package. The GranLusso is one such option. Choosing it will give you horizontal chrome and silver accents in the grille, front bumper, and roof rails. You get the GranLusso badging on the side, highlighting the epitome of the luxury present in the car. You also get machine-polished 19-inch rims and a glossy black brake caliper. This package simply elevates the look of the Levante.
For those with a sportier style, the GranSport is a superb option. There is a dynamic approach to the styling and it is immediately evident in the piano black finish on the grille and the rest of the front. The chrome trident logo stands out in a car awash with black. The back bumper also gets the piano black finish. The only splash of color is in the form of a deep red brake caliper on the 20-inch wheels. The color lends the car a mysterious shrouded look, without taking away from the design of the car.
Plush interiors and a range of options
The 2019 Maserati Levante, not surprisingly, is a comfortable car, regardless of the stance and the coupe-like design that would make you think otherwise. There is the option for a wooden or metal trim to enhance the feel of the car. There is dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system. However, the real deal lies in the sheer range of available options. You can choose from an open-pore regimental, a carbon fiber weave, or a glossy metal weave to accent the leather in your car. Apart from that, there are two packages.
When you choose the GranLusso, not only are you getting a finer exterior trim but are also getting refined luxury. The leather is Pieno Fiore, which is unique to the Northern Alps. The interiors are hand-stitched, giving you a bespoke feeling. You get a standard wood trim that accentuates well with the interiors. If you wish to take it one step further, you can opt for Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery, elegant.
The GranSport also gives you access to the Pieno Fiore leather option. The seats are slightly sportier and are 12-way adjustable. You get a sportier steering wheel, longer sports pedals, and aluminum paddle shifters. This option also grants you a carbon fiber trim choice that goes well with the all-black interiors.
All the speed in the world
All of the 2019 Maserati Levante configurations are rocket ships. SUVs are not supposed to come with unbridled performance but Maserati does not care about that. They only know how to do things their way and they have built a fast car. No matter which version of the car you choose you will get breakneck performance and you will get to enjoy the resonant engine and exhaust combination.
The latter is especially remarkable. We purchase cars for various qualities, yet when we think of Italian cars, we are always curious to know what it sounds like. There is a system of bypass valves on the exhaust to ensure that you do not miss out on what a Maserati sounds like.
We have already covered the performance figures for the Maserati and we do not need to emphasize how fast these cars are. On the roads, they feel like a machine ready to run riot. The suspension is quite firm and despite the heft of the car, you can throw it in corners easily. The steering is very responsive and the brakes are strong.
While there are many options in the SUV segment, there are few that can match the uniqueness and flair of all the 2019 Maserati Levante configurations. The car is simply magnificent to look at and has an engine that is sonorous beyond compare. While it has a few flaws and is a car that might be behind the top competitors, it is not meant to have a mass appeal. Instead, it speaks to those that have flavor and a distinct taste for the finer things in life.