2016 Maserati Levante – Ferrari V6 on course for UK market
Source : 2016 Maserati Levante – Ferrari V6 on course for UK market
Maserati has confirmed in which the Levante could get a Ferrari-built 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 within the UK
The Maserati Levante looks on course to get a Ferrari-built 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol option within the UK, following a business case investigation by the Maserati.
Maserati’s head of marketing Mike Briscoe told Autocar “Diesel is usually a primary concern as well as would likely certainly outsell the petrol within the UK, yet a petrol type – like the Turbo Macan for Porsche – would likely be beneficial to the Maserati brand”.
The petrol unit is usually also featured within the Ghibli SQ4, where the idea produces 404bhp as well as 406lb ft of torque. The Ghibli SQ4 is usually all-wheel-drive like the Levante, so the idea’s likely in which outputs would likely be identical in both types.
The original plan was for the Levante to only be offered having a diesel engine within the UK, yet a statement coming from the Italian brand earlier This specific year signalled the start of its business case to evaluate the development of its first SUV with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in right-hand drive guise.
The Levante is usually the Italian brand’s first foray into the SUV segment. the idea’s a large SUV in which’s going after the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne as well as the forthcoming Jaguar F-Pace, as well as was revealed at the Geneva motor show.
Maserati is usually playing up the SUV’s sporting credentials as well as claims the Levante features a drag coefficient of 0.31, putting the idea at the top of the class. To boost aerodynamics further, the Levante features an Air Shutter behind the concave grille, which is usually designed to control the amount of air creating its way to the engine.
The Levante sits on an updated edition of the platform used within the Ghibli as well as Quattroporte saloons.
All types come with standard air suspension, four-wheel drive as well as a torque vectoring system in which’s designed to improve on-road handling as well as the Levante’s off-road ability.
One 3.0-litre diesel engine is usually available. the idea produces 271bhp anfd 442lb ft of torque as well as will get to 62mph in 6.9sec, reaching a top speed of 143mph. Fuel economy figures for the diesel edition are at 39.2mpg as well as 189g/km of CO2.
the idea’ll come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive as well as air suspension as standard.
Inside, all types seat several as well as have a 580-litre boot. Equipment-wise, all versions get leather seats, an 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, hill descent control, climate control, 18in alloy wheels as well as an electrically operated tailgate.
One notable piece of optional equipment is usually a tow bar, initially Maserati has ever offered This specific item on its options list. The Levante will have a maximum towing capacity of 2700kg.
Official pricing has not been announced yet we expect the Levante to cost coming from around £60,000 when the idea arrives within the UK towards the end of the year. In Switzerland, one of the first markets to get the Levante, prices start at 75,900CHF, which translates to £54,121.
Speaking to Autocar at the Geneva motor show, Maserati’s European manager Giulio Pastore said: “is usually the idea our most important car ever? If you talk about volumes, then yes. With This specific car we can cover off 50% of the luxury segment. The rest of our range together covers off the various other 50%.”
When asked if the completely new Levante would likely be as not bad to drive as Porshe’s Macan, judged as being one of the best-handing SUVs on sale, Pastore said: “I have driven the Porsche Macan, as well as the idea is usually a very not bad car. I’ll ask you the same question about us when you have driven the Levante.
“Vehicle dynamics are one of the key parts of our DNA. We want to give the same on-road ability as our sporty saloons. We also possess the same off-road ability as the BMW X5 as well as Porsche Cayenne. We have This specific thanks to a combination of two things: air suspension as well as continuously variable damping.
“To drive the idea feels like a true Maserati. Everything is usually optimised for the dynamics. This specific will maintain our DNA.
“Style is usually still the first reason to buy a Maserati. The second is usually the sound quality, as well as This specific sounds as not bad as our saloons with diesel or petrol. Then the idea’s vehicle dynamics as well as the pleasure to drive.
“Roominess within the back is usually the same as the Porsche Cayenne as well as the boot is usually the same as the BMW X6. yet we have more space than the X6 within the back. In terms of the concept, This specific is usually the same as the X6. yet the idea is usually a functional car still.
“The volumes will come coming from the diesel types, as much as 95% within the UK. [As for bigger petrol engines], we will see how we go as well as the market develops. The Quattroporte is usually our V8 type, yet the Levante will develop over its eight-year life.”
Maserati expects in which one in four Levantes in Europe will be sold within the UK. The brand’s dealer network in Europe will expand to 180 by the end of 2017, up coming from 146 at the end of last year.
Rumours were abound in Geneva in which Maserati may have to change the name of the SUV for some markets due to negative connotations with the Levante name. While Levante is usually the name of a piece of the Ligurian coastline near Genoa, various other historical definitions include the geographical name for Syria as well as Palestine, as well as the French name for the area in which covers Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus as well as Turkey.
See more of the completely new Maserati Levante in our video blog, below, as well as in Maserati’s official launch video.
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