Of course Maserati’s first SUV will be nothing short of impressive.

Take a stroll down the Naza Italia showroom, and you will find yourself staring at the first SUV ever from Italian carmaker Maserati – the Levante.

While SUV’s may not be part of your conversations when discussing Maserati, we assure you the Levante is not one you would want to keep quiet about. 

First stealing your attention on the outside are  sleek tapered headlights, radiator grilles and frameless windows. Inside promises non-compromising space plus comfort. Our eyes were immediately captured by the 8.4 inch Touch Screen Display along with AHA function that allows you to access your personal playlists from mobiles or connect to radio stations and other platforms while on-the-go. 

But  what about performance?

It is powered by four drive modes – Normal, I.C.E, Sport and Off-road. Driving through tight corners is made easy with the Surround View camera; hills and slopes are no problem at all with the Brake Assist System; look forward to long drives with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function; and safety is not compromised either with the Forward Collision Warning.

At its crux lies the signature engine of the brand: the 3-litre V6 running on turbodiesel giving out a whopping 275-horsepower. This enables the Levante to race from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in about 6.9 seconds. Might we add that it’s not your average off-the-road automobile.

An option to upgrade to a Sports Package is also available for those seeking to embrace the brand’s racing background. Those looking for a touch of designer class will delight in the Luxury Pack, which comes with Italian leather interior from Ermenegildo Zegna.

The Levante is available at a starting price of RM 888,800. maserati.com

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