Le­vante lifts off

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Maserati is tap­ping in to some Fer­rari fury for its first lux­ury SUV, the Le­vante.

Al­ready avail­able with a diesel pow­er­plant, the model is now up for grabs with a 430bhp 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo petrol en­gine built by Fer­rari that boasts a top speed of 164mph and 0– 62mph in just 5.2 sec­onds.

The petrol unit joins the 275bhp, 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel pow­er­train al­ready avail­able on the Le­vante and in­cludes active air sus­pen­sion as stan­dard, giv­ing the SUV the low­est cen­tre of grav­ity in its class.

Maserati North Europe man­ager Peter Den­ton said: “Fol­low­ing the launch of the diesel-pow­ered Le­vante in the UK, it be­came clear there is also a de­mand for the lux­ury SUV in a petrolpow­ered ver­sion.”

The Le­vante S starts at £70,755 and will be avail­able in the UK from Septem­ber.

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