OFF THE BEATEN PATH

GO ANY­WHERE, IN STYLE, WITH THE MASERATI LE­VANTE GRANSPORT

Sharp Magazine Middle East (English) - - Auto -

Way back when we first spot­ted an early glimpse at the Le­vante, the sto­ried Ital­ian au­tomaker’s very first SUV, we here at Sharp found our­selves deeply in­trigued. The car looked, in a few words: pretty damn awe­some. That’s why we were ab­so­lutely champ­ing at the bit to drive the Le­vante Gransport here lo­cally.

The Le­vante Gransport show­cased at the lounge fully em­bod­ies the rac­ing her­itage of ev­ery Maserati. It is im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz­able for its front grille, skid plates and roof rails in Pi­ano Black, for the red brake cal­lipers and the 20” Nereo wheels. 12-way power sport leather seats, pow­er­ad­justable Sport steer­ing wheel, elon­gated gearshift pad­dles, car­bon trims and Soft Close Doors are blended to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing, sport- ori­ented in­te­rior.

Not only does the Le­vante sound great, it’s au­dio sys­tem is on par as well. Har­man Kar­don Pre­mium Sound sys­tem: 12- chan­nel 900-watt am­pli­fier, de­liv­er­ing rich and de­tailed sound qual­ity, what­ever the source: be it ra­dio, MP3 player, iphone or au­dio stream­ing de­vice. The 14 high-pow­ered speak­ers are care­fully sited

through­out the cabin, promis­ing sub­lime sound for all on board. Bow­ers & Wilkins Sur­round Sound sys­tem: sev­en­teen speak­ers, with mid- range driv­ers and rear-woofers made from Kevlar, have been strate­gi­cally built into the SUV’S ar­chi­tec­ture, while a 1,280-watt am­pli­fier en­sures im­mer­sive sound for all on board.

To en­sure that it can play its dual role of lux­ury SUV and go-any­where four-by-four, the Maserati Le­vante fea­tures some of the most so­phis­ti­cated air sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy in the world.

The Le­vante is the only SUV in its class equipped with me­chan­i­cal Lim­ited-slip Dif­fer­en­tial (LSD) at the rear axle. Fit­ted as stan­dard, it guar­an­tees the best trac­tion in all driv­ing sit­u­a­tions. The asym­met­ric lock­ing fea­ture of­fers 25 per cent lock-up un­der power and 35 per cent un­der re­lease.

Along with its ad­vanced four-wheel drive tech­nol­ogy, the Le­vante also ben­e­fits from an ad­vanced ac­tive air sus­pen­sion sys­tem that raises or low­ers the ve­hi­cle ac­cord­ing to need or pref­er­ence. With six set­tings to choose from (in­clud­ing Park), the driver can se­lect what­ever height is ap­pro­pri­ate for the road or ter­rain, from a high clear­ance for more chal­leng­ing off-road­ing to a low set­ting for ef­fi­cient and smooth mo­tor­way driv­ing.

Thanks to its ag­gres­sive lines and volup­tuous curves, there’s ab­so­lutely no mis­tak­ing its her­itage. Per­for­mance-wise, the Le­vante fea­tures an elec­tronic sus­pen­sion with con­trolled damp­ing and air springs, along with Maserati’s “Q4” in­tel­li­gent all-wheel drive and an 8-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. There’s no of­fi­cial word yet, but it’s ex­pected to be avail­able with the op­tion of ei­ther a V6 diesel or V8 gaso­line en­gine.

Built at the Mi­rafiori plant in Turin, Italy, the Le­vante isn’t just for the le­vant, it’s a car the en­tire Mid­dle East can love.

“THE MASERATI LE­VANTE FEA­TURES SOME OF THE MOST SO­PHIS­TI­CATED AIR SUS­PEN­SION TECH­NOL­OGY IN THE WORLD.”

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