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Old 01-17-2017, 07:16 PM   #26
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I saw one of these on the road the other day and it does not look as good in person. Would take the F-Pace all day er day over this.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:04 AM   #27
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I saw one of these on the road the other day and it does not look as good in person. Would take the F-Pace all day er day over this.
Would Macan over both.
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:59 AM   #28
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OH man, macan all day over both.
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Old 06-03-2017, 12:23 PM   #29
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2017 Maserati Levante first drive review: beauty is pain

Check the tape: Maserati owned the U.S. comeback before Fiat and Alfa Romeo crowded into the party.

Trident-clad cars could be found roaming streets in the U.S. for more than a decade before Alfa Romeo returned.

Yet, despite being the elder statesman at the ripe old age of 15, Maserati had to wait far too long for its turn in the SUV luxury war of attrition.

One SUV is good. Two is better. Twenty is probably best.

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Even still, the 2017 Maserati Levante is, for now, our only look at what Italy calls a luxury SUV.

For the record, it’s gorgeous. Daylight runs around the organic shapes in ways that attract stares and whistles at stoplights.

Let’s go further: At a stop, the Levante emits a carnal growl that even rises above a Los Angeles rush-hour din. The slow, low-frequency burble doesn’t rocket from the Levante’s quad-tipped tailpipes as much as it wafts like a cold breeze in a warm room. Both cause shudders.

Maserati may have hightailed it from the U.S. in the 1990s for making prima donnas, but this Levante still knows drama.

I’ve gotten ahead of myself.

Back to the future

The Maserati Levante first arrived at the 2016 Geneva motor show. A way for owners to view it from the outside and still drive it should have arrived shortly after.

The Levante shows off a decade or more of greatest hits from the Italian firm. Its shoulders are straight lifted from the current Quattroporte, its flanks borrowed from the GranTurismo, and there’s even a little Alfieri in the low, dropped nose, to my eyes.

Even in my tester’s hopelessly rich and dark Nero shade that swallowed all of the southern California sun, the Levante’s grace was blinding.

Blacked-out pillars effectively hide all that nasty glass in profile and reveal an unbroken chrome accent around the Levante’s windows ill-advised for people like me with hypertension. Sharp isn’t the right word; beauty like this is excruciating.

Inhale, Aaron. Exhale.

Beauty is pain. That will be important to remember for later.

Stop, start

Once the Levante roars to life the love affair continues, briefly.

The Levante is split into two trims, the Levante and the quicker Levante S, but both rely on the same hardware to get going.

A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 is planted under the Levante’s long hood. It makes 345 horsepower in the Levante or 424 hp in the Levante S. Combined with an 8-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive, the base Levante’s specs sound less “Italian” and more “accountant.”

It doesn’t run on 91-octane Brunello, nor are the tires made of Ferragamo super-wides. Aside from the sonorous rumble—that unfathomably retreats into a V-6 drone at speed—the Levante seems downright pedestrian.

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Every Levante comes with a standard air suspension setup that can lift or lower it several inches, depending on application. Two off-road modes can add up to 1.5 inches to the standard 8.1-inch ride height, and two sport “aero” modes can drop nearly the same to cut a smaller hole through the air.

Aero 1 can be activated by the driver, or the Levante automatically hunkers down at 80 mph. Aero 2 is automatic, and happens at 115 mph or higher. Don’t ask. Just don’t.

But at any speed other than idle, the Maserati is a drama-free affair.

Maserati opted for a traditional hydraulic rack instead of electric power assist, and it feels like shaking hands with an old friend. Its effort is progressive, but still light, confident, and smooth. Double-tapping the Sport mode dials in a “sport suspension” mode, too, but it’s not needed—command and the Levante will respond, even in Normal mode

Wart, meet the nose

Take off the makeup, and the Levante loses its luster.

Its $72,600 entry price never made promises of alabaster baths and diamond-plated shift knobs, but Maserati’s entry into high fashion with a relatively low price is evident.

Aside from some tridents on the headrests and a soft leather, there are few surfaces worth examining closely.

The wood accent on the cupholder? That’s thinner than sushi-grade ginger. The shift knob? It has a hollow feel like my dryer door.

Even the column-mounted stalks are dead ringers for those found in a Dodge Journey, and the gremlins mount.

My Bluetooth phone connection was sporadic (it was a microphone issue) and the infotainment system, which was borrowed from FCA right down to the same fonts, downright gave up on Apple CarPlay at one point.

As these things go, there’s economies of scale and that’s just fine if you’re shopping for the best deal on a Jeep Compass.

When it comes to a luxury Italian SUV—the first from Maserati—those foibles become big issues.

I just couldn’t help but feel that its shape is ageless, but the rest of it just needed more time.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:56 AM   #30
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Default 2018 Maserati Levante S touches down

Maserati has announced local pricing and specifications for its new Levante S, which landed in Australia this week.

Priced from $169,990 plus on-road costs, the highly-awaited twin-turbo V6-powered model arrives with a $30,000 price premium over the existing 202kW/600Nm diesel-powered Levante – though you could argue it is the genuine version of Maserati’s first SUV.

The Ferrari-built petrol engine in the Levante S makes 321kW and 580Nm, endowing the Latin high-rider with a 5.2-second 0-100km/h time. That’s 1.7 seconds faster than the diesel.

Top speed is raised accordingly in the petrol model, from 230km/h to 264km/h, with drive apportioned to all four wheels (but with a rear bias) via an eight-speed ZF automatic.

The under-bonnet credentials are backed by larger 380mm front disc brakes, wrapped by six-piston Brembo callipers, and 330mm rear brake discs. There are also subtle tweaks the S’ suspension set-up.

In addition, the Levante S debuts new electrically-assisted power steering that will be shared with the regular diesel-powered Levante. The move away from hydraulic steering (which will soon apply to all new Trident-badged models) has enabled Maserati to equip both models with driver aids including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and highway assist.

Furthermore, the Levante now gets traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera that was previously optional.

The Levante S is available in S, GranLusso and GranSport trims, the latter two adding unique exterior and interior trims for an added $10,000.

Inside, Levante models offer an 8.4-inch touch-screen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while further back boot space is rated at 580 litres.

2018 Maserati Levante pricing (plus ORCs):
Diesel – $139,990
Diesel GranSport – $159,990
Diesel GranLusso – $159,990
S – $169,990
S GranSport – $179,990
S GranLusso – $179,990

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Old 12-07-2017, 09:46 AM   #31
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I think that it is in Maerati's DNA that they must make ugly as **** cars. I mean the whole line up is like a clearance rack at Walmart. Nothing their but the crap nobody else wants.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:09 PM   #32
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So is this just a reskinned version of the Alfa Stelvio? I sort of feel like Alfa/Maserati are taking the place of Mercury/Lincon, but for Fiat.
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