► Maserati Levante SUV news
► V8 Trofeo is the fastest yet
► On stand at 2019 Geneva show
This is about as much Maserati news as we’ll get for the 2019 Geneva motor show – a new Levante SUV model. The Trofeo Launch Edition makes its way to the Swiss show, after its first announcement at the LA motor show in 2018.
We've driven it! Read our review of the Levante Trofeo here
The Levante Trofeo uses a full-fat V8 from Ferrari, capable of a 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186mph. Maserati promises a properly sporty drive thanks to 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity – just like the rest of the Levante range. Wider wheels, measuring 22-inches – a first for the Levante – are meant to help grip.
A new drive mode – Corsa – joins the settings available to the Levante. Corsa improves throttle response further, opens up the exhaust more and slackens off the traction control systems.
Inside, the Trofeo uses a specific leather called Pieno Fiore as its upholstery and matte carbonfibre inserts. A 17-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system is standard, too.
The news comes after the Levante went petrol only in Europe. The SUV first started off as a diesel-only offering in the UK, but changing attitudes to the black pump forced Maserati’s hand. Back in April 2017, Maserati’s North Europe region 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 petrol-powered version. With the Levante now available in the UK with our V6 petrol engine, we can offer the performance synonymous with Maserati.’
At the show, Maserati also announced a new personalisation programme and some interior design concepts, including one that uses Pelletessuta – a woven leather pattern.
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