Maserati Levante 2017 facelift review




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20 Oct, 2017 2:30pm

James Batchelor

Despite only being just over a year old, the Maserati Levante has received a facelift. Have the updates improved the brands first SUV?

Maseratilaunched its first everSUVlast year, with the type of splendour normally reserved for a new Pope. Since then it has shifted 25,000 Levantes around the world making it the best-selling Maserati for some time. But its appeal was always hamstrung by its confusing trim packages, so-so handling, limited safety equipment and just one engine option.
However, for 2018, the Italians have given their SUV a fine going over, and the results should make the upmarket off-roader a little more tempting to buyers.
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Youll struggle to tell the revisedLevante apart from its predecessor. Maserati hasnt taken this opportunity to give the big SUV any tweaks in the styling department, so park a 2016 car next to a new one and its a tough game of spot the difference. The only real clue is a small chrome badge on the lower half of the front wing: it reads either GranLusso or GranSport depending on trim and here were testing the new petrol-powered Levante S in GranLusso guise.

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GranSport, as the name suggests, is the more sporting of the two, and can be recognised by gloss black trim, 20-inch wheels and red brake calipers. On the inside theres lashings of carbon fibre and a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
GranLusso is the more luxurious version, with body-coloured trim, 19-inch wheels, wood trinkets and the choice of full leather or part-Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery.
Maserati has added a wealth of extra safety kit, too. Theres now adaptive cruise control with Stop Go, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, blindspot alert, highway assist, and traffic sign recognition bundled in as well. Its a package that costs 1,500 or 2,525 with an around view camera thrown in.
Elsewhere, Maserati has ditched the Levantes hydraulic steering for an electric set-up, which apparently makes the car more comfortable to drive around town without ruining the models sporting characteristics. But the old cars hydraulic set-up was one of the Levantes treats and delivered pleasing feel and consistent weighting. Now, though, the steering feels rubbery in the cars Normal model, while in Sport its heavier but disappointingly numb.

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The electric set-up makes the Maserati feel remote preventing you from carving through tight, twisting corners with confidence like you can in the outgoing Porsche Cayenne. The result is a car that fails to bely its size, always feeling large and a little bit cumbersome.
We also drove the car on the dunes of the Dubai desert, where it performed well thanks to the Q4 all-wheel drive system offering plenty of traction. The Levante would be outclassed by a Range Rover Sport on the toughest off-road terrain, but even though its a road-biased SUV it showed plenty of strength on soft ground.
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But to add some appeal, Maserati now offers the car with a petrol engine. Up to now, the sole choice has been an off-the-shelf 3.0-litre V6 diesel bought in from VM Motori, but the petrol is more of a family affair. Badged S its a 428bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 built by Ferrari, no less, and promises to offer a tuneful engine note to match the Italians suave character.

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On paper then, the new Levante has all the ingredients to be a good step-up from the previous model, but in reality its a mixed bag. The power delivery is good, with the engines brawn arriving at 5,000rpm picking up speed quickly and hitting 62mph in just 5.2 seconds. Thats as fast as the soon-to-be-replaced Cayenne GTS, meaning the Levante is no slouch.
The engine is also well matched to the ubiquitous eight-speed ZF gearbox, and shifts cleanly up and down when left in auto mode. Manual changes are just as sharp, only slightly marred by a stubborn gearlever and springy-feeling paddle shifters.
But, surprisingly, its the sound that disappoints most. When revved out to the red-line its clear Ferrari has had a hand in its development, but at idle the engine note ranges from booming to a course growl. Flicking to Sport mode only amplifies this.
Elsewhere its the same as the outgoing Levante, so the interior looks good and the quality of leathers used is excellent. Switchgear shared with cheaperFiat models frustrates, however, as does the slightly haphazard infotainment menus.



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Maseratis first SUV has been updated for 2018, and while it looks the same on the outside, underneath the maker has added a host of changes. The new V6 petrol is welcome but it isnt the class act it should be, while the electronic power steering removes a key level of driver involvement. Maserati could have perfected the Levante with this update; instead its underwhelming in a class where only excellence is accepted.


Model: Maserati Levante S GranLusso
Price: 76,995
Engine: 3.0-litre, twin turbocharged V6 petrol
Power/torque: 424bhp/580Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive




0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
Top speed: 164mph
Economy/CO2: 25.9mpg/253g/km
On sale: Now


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20 Oct, 2017 2:30pm

James Batchelor

Despite only being just over a year old, the Maserati Levante has received a facelift. Have the updates improved the brands first SUV?

Maseratilaunched its first everSUVlast year, with the type of splendour normally reserved for a new Pope. Since then it has shifted 25,000 Levantes around the world making it the best-selling Maserati for some time. But its appeal was always hamstrung by its confusing trim packages, so-so handling, limited safety equipment and just one engine option.
However, for 2018, the Italians have given their SUV a fine going over, and the results should make the upmarket off-roader a little more tempting to buyers.
Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale right now
Youll struggle to tell the revisedLevante apart from its predecessor. Maserati hasnt taken this opportunity to give the big SUV any tweaks in the styling department, so park a 2016 car next to a new one and its a tough game of spot the difference. The only real clue is a small chrome badge on the lower half of the front wing: it reads either GranLusso or GranSport depending on trim and here were testing the new petrol-powered Levante S in GranLusso guise.

Image 2 of 24
Image 2 of 24

GranSport, as the name suggests, is the more sporting of the two, and can be recognised by gloss black trim, 20-inch wheels and red brake calipers. On the inside theres lashings of carbon fibre and a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
GranLusso is the more luxurious version, with body-coloured trim, 19-inch wheels, wood trinkets and the choice of full leather or part-Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery.
Maserati has added a wealth of extra safety kit, too. Theres now adaptive cruise control with Stop Go, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, blindspot alert, highway assist, and traffic sign recognition bundled in as well. Its a package that costs 1,500 or 2,525 with an around view camera thrown in.
Elsewhere, Maserati has ditched the Levantes hydraulic steering for an electric set-up, which apparently makes the car more comfortable to drive around town without ruining the models sporting characteristics. But the old cars hydraulic set-up was one of the Levantes treats and delivered pleasing feel and consistent weighting. Now, though, the steering feels rubbery in the cars Normal model, while in Sport its heavier but disappointingly numb.

Image 3 of 24
Image 3 of 24

The electric set-up makes the Maserati feel remote preventing you from carving through tight, twisting corners with confidence like you can in the outgoing Porsche Cayenne. The result is a car that fails to bely its size, always feeling large and a little bit cumbersome.
We also drove the car on the dunes of the Dubai desert, where it performed well thanks to the Q4 all-wheel drive system offering plenty of traction. The Levante would be outclassed by a Range Rover Sport on the toughest off-road terrain, but even though its a road-biased SUV it showed plenty of strength on soft ground.
Best fast family cars available
But to add some appeal, Maserati now offers the car with a petrol engine. Up to now, the sole choice has been an off-the-shelf 3.0-litre V6 diesel bought in from VM Motori, but the petrol is more of a family affair. Badged S its a 428bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 built by Ferrari, no less, and promises to offer a tuneful engine note to match the Italians suave character.

Image 9 of 24
Image 9 of 24

On paper then, the new Levante has all the ingredients to be a good step-up from the previous model, but in reality its a mixed bag. The power delivery is good, with the engines brawn arriving at 5,000rpm picking up speed quickly and hitting 62mph in just 5.2 seconds. Thats as fast as the soon-to-be-replaced Cayenne GTS, meaning the Levante is no slouch.
The engine is also well matched to the ubiquitous eight-speed ZF gearbox, and shifts cleanly up and down when left in auto mode. Manual changes are just as sharp, only slightly marred by a stubborn gearlever and springy-feeling paddle shifters.
But, surprisingly, its the sound that disappoints most. When revved out to the red-line its clear Ferrari has had a hand in its development, but at idle the engine note ranges from booming to a course growl. Flicking to Sport mode only amplifies this.
Elsewhere its the same as the outgoing Levante, so the interior looks good and the quality of leathers used is excellent. Switchgear shared with cheaperFiat models frustrates, however, as does the slightly haphazard infotainment menus.



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Maseratis first SUV has been updated for 2018, and while it looks the same on the outside, underneath the maker has added a host of changes. The new V6 petrol is welcome but it isnt the class act it should be, while the electronic power steering removes a key level of driver involvement. Maserati could have perfected the Levante with this update; instead its underwhelming in a class where only excellence is accepted.


Model: Maserati Levante S GranLusso
Price: 76,995
Engine: 3.0-litre, twin turbocharged V6 petrol
Power/torque: 424bhp/580Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive




0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
Top speed: 164mph
Economy/CO2: 25.9mpg/253g/km
On sale: Now


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