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In pictures: Up close with Maserati’s SUV ‘Levante’

This is Italian luxury carmaker’s first SUV, launched at Geneva Motor Show

Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati chose the 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show to debut its first-ever SUV model, the Levante.  The Levante is Maserati’s first SUV in the automaker’s 100-year history.

Maserati Levante (1)

By definition, the word Levante refers to an eastern wind that can accelerate from a smooth breeze to a stronger natural force.

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The interior of the SUV has been created from carefully selected materials, ranging from premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk, made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process.

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The panoramic electric sunroof adds to the spaciousness of the SUV’s interior.

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The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli architecture, which has been further evolved and refined to fit the demands of an SUV owner.

The Levante runs on a three-litre V6 Twin-Turbo petrol engine, of either 350hp or 430hp. Both engines are complimented with the ‘Q4’ all-wheel drive system, enabling the transfer of torque between axles when needed. It also has an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a ‘Stop & Go’ system.

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According to Maserati, the 350hp Levante accelerates from 0 to100 kmph in 6.0 seconds, with a top speed of 251 kmph. Meanwhile, the Levante S (430ph) is much faster, accelerating to reach 199kmph in 5.2 seconds, with a top speed of 264 kmph.