MASERATI LEVANTE DEBUTS AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

MASERATI’S FIRST SUV RECEIVES ITS EAGERLY-AWAITED WORLD UNVEILING AT THE
GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

MODENA, 01 MARCH 2016 – Maserati has chosen the 86th edition of the
Geneva International Motor Show to introduce the first SUV in its
hundred-year history: the Levante.

As with many Maseratis from the past, the new car’s name is inspired by
a wind: the Levante is a warm Mediterranean wind that can change from a
light breeze to an irresistible natural force in an instant, mirroring
the character of the first Maserati SUV.

The Levante is the ideal complement to the Maserati range. Combined with
the Quattroporte, Ghibli, GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the range now
covers the entirety of the global luxury automotive market.

Design, Exclusivity and Performance are the key characteristics for
describing this new Maserati. Distinctively Italian in style, with
breathtaking and iconic Maserati design features.

The interior has been created with the finest materials, most exquisite
to the touch, from optional premium leather to Ermenegildo Zegna silk,
made in Trivero by the Zegna wool mill with a patented process.

The spaciousness of the interior, enhanced by the panoramic electric
sunroof, is combined with coupé-sleek external lines and the best
aerodynamic efficiency in its category with a Cx coefficient of just
0.31.

The new Maserati SUV is based on the Quattroporte and Ghibli
architecture, further evolved and refined to meet the expectations of
this market segment, in which Maserati will compete for the first time.

The technology applied to every Levante is designed to offer outstanding
performances both on- and off-road. Sophisticated suspension –
double-wishbone on the front axle and multi-link on the rear, combined
with electronically controlled damping, four corner air-springs
providing 5 dynamic ride levels (plus one additional park-position),
play an essential role in the car’s handling.

Furthermore, with the lowest centre of gravity in its class, perfectly
balanced weight distribution (50-50) between front and rear, high levels
of dynamic torsional and flexional stiffness, and a mechanical
self-locking rear differential as standard, when driven on-road, the
Levante delivers all the performance and emotion typical of every
Maserati.

The height-adjustment of the body position particularly useful in
off-road driving guarantees ride comfort at the top of the category;
when set to the minimum ground clearance, it enables the car to perform
at its sporty best.

For South Africa, the Levante is fitted with a 275hp 3 litre V6 Turbo
Diesel, combined with the “Q4″ intelligent all-wheel drive system –
which can transfer torque between the axles instantaneously when
required – and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, with integrated Start&Stop
System.

In terms of performance, the Diesel-powered Levante (275hp) covers 0-100
km/h in 6.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 230 km/h, while its combined
cycle consumption and emission figures are 7.2 l/100 km and 189g CO2/km
respectively.

The human-machine interface on board is based on an evolution of the
Maserati Touch Control system, completely updated to offer even more
functionality and convenience: the 8.4” high-resolution screen is
capacitive, and can – in addition to the touch system – be operated
using the new rotary control in the central tunnel.

A wide range of sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems is
available, including adaptive cruise control with automatic Start&Stop
function, forward collision warning, automatic brake assist system and
lane departure warning. Further options include blind spot alert,
surround view camera and a powerlift tailgate.

Two extended feature packs are available for the Levante, a
Luxury-Package and a Sport-Pack; they each include a variety of
distinctive stylistic and technical contents and enable customers to
extensively personalise the exterior and interior of the Levante.

The list of accessories, tailored to the vehicle’s high quality and
functionality standards, offers a wider array of options than ever
before which includes cargo solutions, useful everyday items and a
variety of roof carrier or trailer options.

The Maserati Levante is built in a dedicated, completely refurbished and
modernized area of the Mirafiori plant in Turin; the first cars have
already come off the assembly line and the market launch is planned for
this spring in Europe, to be followed by the rest of the world.

The Maserati stand at Geneva will be displaying not only the Levante but
also the marque’s complete range, comprising the Ghibli and Quattroporte
saloons and the GranTurismo coupe.

There are two Ghibli cars on show: the all-wheel drive S Q4 version with
the 410hp 3 litre V6 Twin-Turbo engine delivering sporty performances
including a top speed of 284 km/h and just 4.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h.

The other Ghibli is the Diesel-version with the 275hp 3 litres V6 Turbo
engine providing a top-speed of 250 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration in
6.3 seconds, featuring the Zegna Edition interior.

The Quattroporte on display is the GTS version, powered by the immense
530hp 3.8 litre Ferrari produced V8 Twin-Turbo, capable of a peak torque
of 710 Nm and able to propel the car to 307 km/h, sprinting from 0 to
100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds, also customised with the exclusive Zegna
Edition interior.

The flagship of the Maserati sports car range is the GranTurismo MC
Stradale. Equipped with a naturally aspirated 4.7 litre 460hp V8 in
Transaxle layout, enabling the car to spring from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5
seconds; the top speed is 303 km/h and the car’s Brembo Carbon-Ceramic
brakes provide outstanding deceleration.

For more information about the new Levante, for access to the complete
Press Kit and for information about the rest of the Maserati range,
please visit the Media site at www.media.maserati.com

Hi-resolution photographs are available on www.quickpic.co.za

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